Fiennes to direct Dickens film?
Published 15/07/2011 | 19:10
Ralph Fiennes is said to be preparing to direct a film about Charles Dickens.
The Harry Potter star plans to step behind the camera for The Invisible Woman, based on Claire Tomalin's best-seller which focuses on the acclaimed author's 13-year-long secret love affair with Ellen Ternan, fondly known as Nelly by Dickens.
Carey Mulligan, Abbie Cornish, Felicity Jones and Imogen Poots are reportedly on Ralph's wishlist to portray Nelly, according to the Daily Mail.
The two-time Oscar nominee - who previously directed Coriolanus, which he also starred in - had been tipped to star as the famed novelist in the drama, penned by Abi Morgan, but the paper claims he has no plans to appear on screen.
He is reported to have kicked off pre-production before he starts rehearsals for the West End production of The Tempest for director Trevor Nunn, in which he plays wizard Prospero.
After that, Ralph, who reprises his villainous role as Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2, will be focusing on playing Magwitch in Mike Newell's big-screen adaptation of Dickens' Great Expectations, alongside Helena Bonham Carter and Jeremy Irvine.