Day-Lewis, Whishaw Try Some Dickens

Both Daniel Day-Lewis and Ben Whishaw’s names have emerged as apparent contenders to play Victorian-era author Charles Dickens in “The Invisible Woman” for BBC Films reports The Guardian.

Based on Claire Tomalin’s novel which Abi Morgan (“Brick Lane”) will adapt, the story follows the relationship between a middle-aged Dickens and 18-year-old actress Nelly Ternan, a woman he fell in love with and ultimately left his wife for. The relationship was kept quiet from the public to avoid a scandal.

Anthony Hopkins, Simon Callow, Derek Jacobi, Roy Dotrice and Adrian Rawlins among others have portrayed the character on screen before.