Screen Daily report that production is underway on Ralph Fiennes’ period-drama ‘The Invisible Woman.’ Filming will take place in Kent and in and around London until the end of June on Fiennes’ second film as an actor/director following ‘Coriolanus.’ Fiennes will direct and star alongside Kristin Scott Thomas and Felicity Jones. Both Fiennes and Scott Thomas were Oscar-nominated for their performances as lovers in Anthony Minghella’s epic ‘The English Patient,’ which bagged nine Oscars in total.

Adapted by Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady) from Claire Tomalin’s acclaimed biography, the film tells the true story of the secret love affair between Charles Dickens and his mistress Nelly Ternan. Fiennes will star as Dickens, Felicity Jones (Like Crazy, Hysteria) will play Ternan and Scott Thomas, her mother Mrs Ternan. Nelly and her family are initially drawn into Dickens’ world when they take part in one of his theatre productions but Jones’ character soon becomes the focus of the writer’s passion. However, she must lead a life of secrecy and invisibility in order to protect the infamous writer’s reputation. Fiennes will also be seen as Magwitch in Mike Newell‘s adaptation of Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’ later this year.