Felicity Jones is currently on the rise. The young British actress starred in this year’s Sundance hit, Like Crazy, earning numerous award nominations for her role. Now, she has landed the female lead role of Nelly, in Ralph Fiennes‘ second directional effort, The Invisible Woman.
The Invisible Woman is an adaptation of Claire Tomalin‘s biography about the 13-year love affair between Charles Dickens and actress Ellen ‘Nelly’ Ternan, who was half his age, and the cause of Dickens leaving his wife.
As for the role of Dickens, when the project was announced back in July, Daniel Day-Lewis and Ben Wishaw were rumoured to be up for the role, but no news has arisen since then. When Fiennes came on board, it was said he considered himself for the role of Dickens before quickly ruling himself out.
This is of course Jones’ second major biopic in the works, with Warren Beatty‘s Howard Hughes biopic currently in production. The Playlist spoke to Jones not too long ago about the film.
“The story in part is about Howard Hughes, and Warren is Hughes, but the other aspect is two young people who work for him, one of which is my character, and their love story interweaved with their relationship with Hughes, and how he affects both of them,” said Jones.
It is unclear when we can expect The Invisible Woman to begin shooting, but with Jones’ casting it means the film is moving in the right direction, and hopefully we will have more news soon.