Kristen Stewart has landed the lead role in the indie film Lie Down In Darkness, reports Vulture. Directed by Scott Cooper, the film is based on a novel by William Styron about a seriously screwed up family living in 1950s Virginia. Kristen will play Peyton Loftis, a beautiful young woman with a crippled sister whose “intense physical beauty makes her the object of her frigid mother’s jealous hatred and the target of her father’s incestuous, alcoholic lust.” (Did anyone else just dream-cast John Hawkes as the dad?)
Kristen expressed her passion for Peyton in an interview with Elle earlier this year, saying that she wanted the role “more than anything I can possibly taste or touch in my life. I want to play her so bad.”
Jennifer Lawrence was also dying to play Peyton, but she’s stuck making blockbuster sequels to The Hunger Games and X-Men all through out next year. It’s interesting to note the similarities in the actresses’ careers and desired roles. Two women who do amazing work on both sides of the film spectrum. Maybe we’ll see them share the screen one day?