Kristen Stewart to Lead Twisted Family Drama 'Lie Down in Darkness'
We're not really down with the whole "digging into people's personal lives" thing here on FirstShowing, but if you've been consuming any form of media over the past couple of weeks then you've likely heard about Kristen Stewart's scandalous affair with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. We won't rehash the details here, so instead let's concentrate on the actress's future. Vulture is reporting that Stewart has locked down the lead role in a film adaptation of William Styron’s 1951 novel, Lie Down In Darkness. There's no start date or writer attached yet, but there's a director listed and story details too.
Stewart is reportedly set to play Peyton Loftis, the beautiful perfect daughter in a wildly dysfunctional family. Peyton is often compared with her crippled sister Maudie, her mother is bitterly jealous of Peyton's good looks, and her alcoholic father leers at her and has incest on the brain when he gets drunk. Crazy Heart helmer Scott Cooper is eyeing this project after he finishes work on Out of the Furnace with Christian Bale and Casey Affleck, and though Lie Down in Darkness doesn't officially have a writer attached yet, historically Cooper writes the scripts for projects he directs.
There's no word on when this would all come together, but apparently the film has been in development for years. Regardless of its release date, it's a step in the right direction for Stewart, who - like her co-star and unfortunate tabloid partner Robert Pattinson - is looking to distance herself from the Twilight franchise that made her a star. She's only 22 years old, after all, but with this and the forthcoming On the Road, she's showing some remarkably decent taste and we'll see how her career moves forward from here.
P.S. - Quick warning for those looking to stay spoiler free on the movie version: don't even glance at the Amazon page for Styron's novel, because the climax of the story is revealed after just a few seconds of scanning the page.