Kristen Stewart is rumoured to have nabbed the lead in Lie Down in Darkness – a role which had been previously coveted by Jennifer Lawrence.

Casting news probably isn’t top of the agenda when it comes to Kristen Stewart of late, but with her latest film role offering the opportunity for puns-a-plenty, it has slowly emerged that the Twilight star might be set to appear in a film adaptation of Lie Down in Darkness.

The film is based on the first novel of the same name by American literary heavy-weight William Styron, which he wrote when he was just 26-years-old. The plot focuses on a dysfunctional family living in religious 1950s Virginia. The father is a failed politician and an alcoholic, who is obsessed with his beautiful daughter Peyton – the role which Stewart is said to be attached. She is hated by her cold-hearted and jealous mother, who appears to have given all her love to her other daughter, Maudie, who is badly crippled. The novel is often described as exploring the themes of religion and godlessness, as well as the manifestations of madness, which become more apparent as the family façade begins to crack.

Despite recent reports that Stewart will be taking on the role of Peyton, it was The Hunger GamesJennifer Lawrence who had previously seemed keen to acquire the part. Speaking to W magazine back in September 2010, she said “I have this feeling of protectiveness over characters I want to play. I worry about them—if someone else gets the part, I’m afraid they won’t do it right; they’ll make the character a victim or they’ll make her a villain or they’ll just get it wrong somehow.” She also revealed that she was planning to write to director Scott Cooper, in order to convince him that she was right for the role.

However, it now seems that Lawrence could be tied up with prior commitments, as she is due to film the upcoming X-Men and Hunger Games sequels as Lie Down in Darkness goes into production. Could this be one of the reasons why Virginia-born director Cooper, who is best known for writing, directing and producing the 2009 film Crazy Heart, might be looking to cast Stewart instead?

After all, it’s not just Lawrence who’s been vocal about her interest in the film. Earlier this year, Stewart spoke about Lie Down in Darkness during an interview with Elle magazine, saying “There’s a script adaptation, and it’s good.” Not only does Stewart seem keen to be involved herself, but she also revealed her opinion on who else might be cast in the film, stating that, “Two people vying for the part (of the father) are Daniel Day-Lewis and Colin Firth. Daniel would be perfect.”

Yet despite all this talk of casting, no decisions are yet to be confirmed as official, and K-Stew’s agent, Ken Kaplan, has reportedly said that he client is merely “attached” to the role – in other words, there are no guarantees.

However, for those who were looking forward to the prospect of seeing Stewart appear in a 1950s indie flick, all is not lost. She’ll be appearing as Marylou in the film adaptation on On The Road which hits cinemas on 12th October this year, before reprising her Twilight schtick one last time for Breaking Dawn: Part 2, which is released on 16th November.

Meanwhile, it seems that Stewart is still signed on to play the lead in the upcoming sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, as is director Rupert Sanders – despite the fact that his wife, actress Liberty Ross, has reportedly banned the pair from working together following their alleged affair. We’ll keep you posted!

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