The good folks over at Empire have unveiled these first looks at Ralph Fiennes and Felicity Jones in the period-drama ‘The Invisible Woman.’ The film is Fiennes second as actor/director following the critically acclaimed ‘Coriolanus.’ Fiennes and Jones star alongside Kristin Scott Thomas, Michelle Fairley, and Tom Hollander. 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.