Skill with a bow and arrow won’t help here: Kristen Stewart just snagged a role Jennifer Lawrence was gunning for. Although the most recent news on the Twilight star hasn’t exactly been stellar, it appears that she’s still looking to take her acting seriously, and has now landed the lead role in upcoming indie film, Lie Down in the Darkness, based on the 1951 novel of the same name by William Styron.
According to Vulture, Kristen will play Peyton Loftis, a girl who’s “constantly compared to her crippled sister, Maudie” — who’s yet to be cast — “and her intense physical beauty makes her the object of her frigid mother’s jealous hatred.” (Pretty similar to the whole Snow White/Evil Queen plot there, eh?) Oh, and her father’s an alcoholic with less-than-father-like thoughts about Kristen’s character. A far cry from many of the flicks she’s been seen in in the past.
She reportedly edged out Jennifer Lawrence, despite Jenn’s publicly-known admiration for the part. In an interview with W magazine, she says, “I am obsessed with that part. 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… I’m trying to write the director of Lie Down in Darkness a letter to convince him that I should be in his movie. I’ll chase him if I have to. I’ll sit outside his house. I’m beside myself over that script. When I get like that, anything’s possible.”
But despite Jennifer’s probable disappointment at the moment, she still has Catching Fire, an X-Men sequel and two movies with Bradley Cooper to look forward to within the next year. So maybe she wouldn’t have even had the time for this particular project? Yeah, let’s go with that.