Trust issues abound in the new trailer for "Focus," the upcoming con-artist caper starring Will Smith as a veteran hustler and Margot Robbie as his former protege turned femme fatale.
Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa ("Crazy Stupid Love"), the intrigue starts with a familiar setup: "I've been in this game for a really long time," Nicky (Smith) says in a hard-boiled voice-over. "I had what I needed, and then a girl walked in."
That would be Jess (Robbie), a slinky novice who tries to pull a fast one on him, only to find herself out of her league. Fortunately, Nicky takes her under his wing to school her in the art of the con, but he later breaks things off when they get too close.
Fast-forward three years and the two cross paths — and possibly each other — amid the high-stakes racing circuit in Buenos Aires, where it seems there is no honor among thieves.
"Are you working an angle?" she asks.
"I wouldn't trust him if I were you," he says, seemingly referring to a rival.
"But I should trust you?" she counters. Touché.
As with Nicky and Jess' scheming, the commercial and critical prospects for "Focus" itself could hinge on how well an old hand (that is, Smith) and a charismatic newcomer (Robbie, best known for "The Wolf of Wall Street") can combine their talents.
All that will come into, er, focus when Warner Bros. releases the film Feb. 27.
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