Kristen Stewart

Update: While Stewart still seems likely to take the lead role, the Washington Post are reporting that her involvement isn’t yet set in stone, and that the project is very much in the early stages of development.

In a bid to put her recent personal missteps behind her, and move beyond the Twilight franchise for once and for all, Kristen Stewart (Into The Wild) has landed the lead role in Lie Down in Darkness, Vulture has learned.

The actress will play Peyton Loftis in the film adaptation of William Styron’s 1951 novel.

Lie Down in Darkness traces the betrayals and infidelities that afflict the members of a Southern family. Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) is attached to direct, with Jeff Sharp (You Can Count On Me) set to produce.

The title is set up at Open Road Films and will likely shoot towards the end of this year.

Stewart will next be seen in Walter Salles’ long-in-development On The Road, opposite Sam Riley (Control) and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy).