Rising star Felicity Jones is having a great year, getting massive accolade for her turn in Like Crazy including Breakthrough Performance awards from the Gothams as well as the National Board of Review. This must have caught the eye of Ralph Fiennes who is gearing up to direct the adaptation of Claire Tomalin’s non-fiction book The Invisible Woman. The Daily Mail reports that Jones will take on the role of Nelly Ternan, the young mistress of Charles Dickens, who began a scandalous affair with the 45-year-old writer at the tender age of 18.
It’s great news for Jones who beat out other young actresses that include Carey Mulligan, Abbie Cornish and Imogen Poots. There is no word yet on who will play Dickens himself although Fiennes was previously contemplating casting himself for the role (he ruled that out). The script was written by Abi Morgan (Shame and The Iron Lady) and production will most likely start after Jones is done with Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes biopic. Jones will next be seen in the period romantic comedy Hysteria.