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Tom Hollander Goes Literary For Ralph Fiennes’ Charles Dickens Love Story ‘Invisible Woman’

Tom Hollander Goes Literary For Ralph Fiennes' Charles Dickens Love Story 'Invisible Woman'

Most recently seen as cross-dressing assassin Isaacs in Joe Wright‘s “Hanna,” character actor Tom Hollander is now the latest addition to Ralph Fiennes‘ sophomore directorial effort, an adaptation of Claire Tomalin‘s Charles Dickens-Nelly Ternan love story, “The Invisible Woman.”

Hollander will play fellow novelist Wilkie Collins, a frequent collaborator of Dickens whose play “The Frozen Deep” was the catalyst of Dickens and Ternan’s first meeting — he cast her, along with her mother and one of her sisters, for a performance in Manchester. 

Fiennes will play Dickens himself, with rising star Felicity Jones as Ternan and Kristin Scott Thomas as Dickens’ wife Catherine. Fiennes and baby-faced Jones, you ask? Yeah, Dickens was 45 when he began his relationship with the 18-year-old Ternan, who was actually a year younger than Dickens’ eldest daughter, Mary.

Fiennes will direct from a script by Abi Morgan (“Shame“), which last we heard, was still being “tweaked” and “honed” in time for production to get underway in April with an eye on a release in 2012, the year of Dickens’ 200th birthday. [DailyMail]

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