The "Twilight" actress is attached to star in the film adaptation of William Styron's classic slice of Southern gothic, "Lie Down in Darkness," Stewart's publicist told TheWrap. Scott Cooper, who directed Jeff Bridges to an Oscar in 2009's "Crazy Heart," will slide behind the camera on the indie film.
There's no start date for the film, so it's not clear when "Lie Down in Darkness" will hit theaters.
Styron's novel centers on a dysfunctional and deeply unhappy Virginia family. If the film goes forward, Stewart will play Peyton Loftis, a suicidal woman who grows increasingly alienated from her emotionally repressive parents and loveless marriage.
Despite the fall-out that greeted the paparazzi shots of Stewart necking with Rupert Sanders, the married director of "Snow White and the Huntsman," publicists told TheWrap last week that the actress' career may even get a jolt from the scandal.
“Twenty years ago or 30 years ago controversy was a career killer,” Howard Bragman, the veteran industry publicist and vice chairman of Reputation.com, told TheWrap. “Now it can be career Viagra. We kind of embrace controversy.”
For the time being, Stewart's schedule is packed. In addition to gearing up for the November release of the final Twilight film "Breaking Dawn — Part 2," she is set to star in the action comedy "Cali" for Nick Cassavetes.
She's also attached to a "Snow White" sequel, although it's not clear when cameras will roll on the fantasy follow up and if Sanders will be the one manning them.