The actress will play Peyton Loftis, a young woman at the center of a dysfunctional family in 1950s Virginia. Peyton's beauty has caused her mother to become jealous and hateful towards her, while the woman's alcoholic father lusts after her. She also has a crippled sister named Maudie. It is said that the production was eyeing Jennifer Lawrence, although she will be busy shooting The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and X-Men: Days of Future Past back-to-back.
The project has been in development for years under producer Jeff Sharp (A Home at the End of the World, Proof). It isn't known if a screenwriter is attached to adapt the novel, or when production may begin.
Lie Down in Darkness is in development and stars Kristen Stewart. The film is directed by Scott Cooper.