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Ben Affleck says scheduling difficulties prompted him to quit a film project with Kristen Stewart. Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

Kristen Stewart has been dumped by Ben Affleck.

Well ... sort of.

Affleck's people confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that Affleck has dropped out of the film "Focus," in which he was to star opposite Stewart.

Somewhere, Robert Pattinson just let out an enormous sigh.

The story is about an experienced con artist who teaches a young female protegee the tricks of the trade ... and they probably have sex along the way, because most con artists don't look like Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart.

This comes not long after Stewart announced her involvement in the film and sounded kind of excited ... you know, for Kristen Stewart.

Affleck's rep says he has to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. He has directing projects on his plate, including the thriller "Tell No One" and an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's "Live By Night.").

"Focus" is currently scheduled to begin filming in April. No word on who might replace Affleck.

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