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Who’s ready for a Kristen Stewart story that doesn’t involve the word “scandal,” “affair” or Twilight? It’s going to be difficult, but we’ll see what we can do.
Stewart reportedly has landed the lead role in an adaptation of William Styron’s 1951 novel, Lie Down with Darkness, according to Vulture. The 22-year-old starlet would play Peyton Loftis, a suburbanite from Virginia in the bucolic 1950s whose natural beauty and ravishing charms make her the cruel obsession of the members of her dysfunctional family. Who else needs to be cast? Styron’s award-winning book makes room for an alcoholic father who’s driven mad by his lust for his own daughter, as well as a frigid mother who hates Peyton and favors the family’s crippled daughter.
There’s a twist to the narrative, but I’ll leave it to you to discover it for yourselves. Needless to say, the part of Peyton will present a challenge for any young actress. Vulture claims Jennifer Lawrence desperately wanted the part, but her commitments to the Hunger Games franchise kept her occupied. As the site notes, a Darkness adaptation has been in the works for years. Casting Stewart in the lead role should allow other important dominoes to start falling into place. A director will need to be hired, and he or she will have to fill out the cast.
This will be the latest period piece to attract Stewart’s attention, which is interesting as we watch the young actress define her career in the post-Twilight stage. Later this year, she’ll appear in On the Road, a telling of Jack Kerouac’s famed novel. She also played Joan Jett in the punk-rock drama The Runaways. And she might return to the land of Snow White for a Huntsman sequel … but to talk about that, I’d need to use a few of those words I promised I wouldn’t so more on that on another day.