Kristen Stewart to Star in Scott Cooper’s LIE DOWN IN DARKNESS

     August 2, 2012


Kristen Stewart has landed the lead in director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) adaptation of the William Styron novel Lie Down in Darkness.  The story takes place in 1950s Virginia and centers on Peyton Loftis, a young girl 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.”  The role was covteted by both Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence, but as the latter is tied down to filming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and the X-Men: First Class sequel for the forseeable future, Vulture reports that Stewart won the role.  Hit the jump for more.

kristen-stewart-lie-down-in-darknessCooper made a hell of a feature directorial debut with Crazy Heart, and he recently wrapped his follow-up, Out of the Furnace with Christian Bale and Casey AffleckVulture’s report has no word on how soon production might begin, but a dark Southern drama seems a fine fit for Cooper, and I’m interested to see how Stewart handles the lead role.

The Crazy Heart helmer has also been attached to a number of other projects, including The Pale Blue Eye, The Emperor’s Children, and The Man in the Rockefeller Suit.  It’s unknown which, if any, of those projects is still in development with Cooper, but now that Stewart is set as the lead I assume that Lie Down in Darkness would be his next film.

As for Stewart, the actress is next slated to shoot the gritty actioner Cali.  She also has the possible sequel to Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman on the horizon, but a timetable for that pic is a little unclear at the moment given recent, uh, personal developments.

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  • Cat

    She can’t star in anything. God she can hardly act in anything. She is just going to be part of that movie or you can write she is going to spoil that movie but being in it.

  • Marie

    i’ll never understand how a so shitty actress gets her roles….oh wait! i hope this guy Scott Cooper is not married at least…

  • t

    Stewart’s been in a couple movies from the South, and I would say they were her best. I’m intensely curious about this project considering the director.

  • Anonymous

    It could work if the character is in a coma, the same way she always plays her parts. \"She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B.\" (with respect to K. Hepburn) Beauty? If dull as a doorknob is beautiful, she perfectly angelic.

  • Heath

    I hate to be that guy but… typos :P (Normally I don’t care but I practically revere your site so…)

  • lisa

    Great news for Kristen, she really wanted this!

  • Cathy

    This has to be a joke, right? Lie down in Darkness…lol. Glad her professional life moves forward amidst the destruction in her wake!

  • jules

    After hearing that Kstew got a part in “Lie Down in Darkness” – which makes me a laugh a bit – SHE Planned this! Totally planned. Look at that, she makes a huge scandal, get’s out of the type cast of innocent bella and BAM – edgy film.

    • jo

      but didn’t she already have edgy roles under her belt?

  • Helena

    I love this book! Happy with the casting of Stewart. Never paid much attention to her but after witnessing the incredible amount of bullsht and unfair treatment towards her in the last couple of weeks i am going to keep an eye on her

  • Beth

    I am sooo happy for her! Awesome news!!

  • SadPanda

    Yay, another movie with Constipated Face.

  • the dark knight rises was the best

    Will she lie down with him too.

  • j cho

    Looks like Cooper won’t have to go too far for some blowies.

  • j cho

    Looks like Cooper won\’t have to go too far for some blowies.

  • jo

    hmmm, wonder how she got that role?

  • Ash Talon

    So…who’s playing the character with the “intense physical beauty”?

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  • tom

    Lie down in the casting room.

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