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OTRC: Kristen Stewart reportedly beats out Jennifer Lawrence for role in 'Lie Down in Darkness'

'Twilight' actress Kristen Stewart appears in a photo at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 12, 2012. / Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar-nominee for Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, arrives for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA on February 27, 2011. (OTRC / A.M.P.A.S. / Darren Decker)

While Kristen Stewart has recently been making headlines for her highly publicized cheating scandal, the actress' budding film career looks like it's still pushing forward.

It was reported that the "Twilight" actress landed the lead role in the upcoming period film, "Lie Down in Darkness," according to Vulture. The film, which is set in fifties Virginia, is an indie adaptation of William Styron's 1951 novel of the same name.

Stewart is set to play Peyton Loftis, the daughter in a highly dysfunctional family, who must deal with her jealous mother's hatred and her alcoholic father's incestuous lust. It is unclear how soon the film will go into production or who else will star in the family drama.

"I want to play Peyton more than anything I can possibly taste or touch in my life. I want to play her so bad. They're the most [expletive]-up family. There's a script adaptation... and it's good," Stewart told Elle magazine in their June issue. "Two people vying for the part (of the father) are Daniel Day-Lewis and Colin Firth. Daniel would be perfect."

"Hunger Games" starlet Jennifer Lawrence was also in talks for the role as Loftis, but the blonde actress is already spending the majority of her year working on sequels for her large blockbusters "Catching Fire" and "X-Men."

"I am obsessed with that part," Lawrence told W Magazine. "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 to convince him that I should be in his movie. I'll chase him if I have to. I'll sit outside his house."

On July 24, a report went viral claiming that Stewart cheated on her "Twilight Saga" co-star and boyfriend Robert Pattinson with Rupert Sanders, the director of her recently released film "Snow White and the Huntsman."

The day after the scandalous news made headlines, Stewart issued a public apology to Pattinson for her "momentary indiscretion."

"I'm deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I've caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I'm so sorry," Stewart said in a statement obtained by People magazine on Wednesday, July 25.

Sanders is married to model Liberty Ross, the sister of Oscar-winning composer Atticus Ross. The couple has two children. Sanders, who is English, started out directing commercials. "Snow White and the Huntsman" is his first feature film.

Stewart and Pattinson are set to tour to promote the last installment of the extremely popular "Twilight" series, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2." The film is set to premiere November 16, 2012.

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