Ralph Fiennes steps behind the camera for the second time today as shooting begins in London on The Invisible Woman, a drama about the decade-long relationship between Charles Dickens and his mistress Nelly Ternan.
Fiennes is performing the role of Dickens, starring opposite British actress Felicity Jones, who earned the role after her improvised performance in Drake Doremus’ experimental Like Crazy, which hit cinemas this January. movieScope interviewed her at the time.
It is Fiennes second stint as director after his adaption of the Shakespearian play Coriolanus, released in cinemas in February this year.
Based on Claire Tomalin’s biography of Nelly Ternan, the woman with whom Charles Dickens had a secret decade-long relationship, The Invisible Woman has been adapted for the screen by Abi Morgan, currently the hottest name in British screenwriting after penning the Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady and Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender’s exploration of sex-addiction Shame.
Kristin Scott Thomas also stars as Nelly’s mother, marking the first time she appears on screen with Fiennes since the late Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient. Tom Hollander also stars as Wilkie Collins, author and friend of Dickens.
The film is produced by Stewart Mackinnon (Quartet), Gabrielle Tana (The Duchess, Coriolanus), Christian Baute (Funny Games, Vincere) and Carolyn Marks Blackwood.
Shooting is expected to last until late June, with a cinema release date slated for 2013. WestEnd Films is co-financing and handles worldwide sales, with Lionsgate already on board to distribute in the UK.