Kristen Stewart is set to star in Lie Down in Darkness, which tells the story of beautiful Peyton Loftis, whose mother is jealous of her and whose father harbours incestuous feelings for her.

The Snow White and the Huntsman actress will take on the lead role in the indie adaptation of William Styron’s 1951 novel of the same name, according to Vulture.

Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper will helm the project with Jeff Sharp as producer.

Meanwhile, the future of Kristen's Snow White and the Huntsman 2 is in doubt following her fling with director Rupert Sanders.

It is reported that the filmmaker's wife Liberty Ross has reportedly banned him from taking part in the planned sequel and the whole project has been compromised.