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Daniel Day-Lewis or Ben Whishaw Set to Play Charles Dickens?



I wonder if Daniel Day-Lewis ever wakes up and thinks ‘hm,.. I wanna play a superhero’ or ‘I think I’m going to audition for a potential action/thriller franchise’. But Daniel is a class act, he only surfaces once in a while and every time he does, he goes straight for award worthy performance.  The Guardian says that it’s going to be either Daniel or fellow actor Ben Whishaw to play Charles Dickens in the film titled THE INVISIBLE WOMAN which chronicles Dickens’ passionate secret love with a young actress named Nelly Ternan.
Based on Claire Tomalin’s biography, the script will be written by Abi Morgan and the project is produced by BBC Films.
Daniel is currently the front runner but Whishaw isn’t a long shot, he already had an experience in a biopic of a historical figure and the love that inspired his work, Whishaw’s performance as young poet John Keats in Bright Star was worth noting.

As much as I love Ben Whishaw, Daniel is clearly better for the part.

Ben Whishaw in Hamlet

As some may know Ben Whishaw is the youngest actor to play Hamlet on the London Stage, in a production at the Old Vic in 2004. Someone on Youtube has uploaded hilariously sketchy, 30 second clips from a taped performance of the production. There's no sound but...haha. I've included a couple of the best clips below the cut for your viewing pleasure.



"Get thee to a nunnery, why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners?"


Hamlet does a victory dance after seeing Claudius' reaction to the play he organized, which has essentially confirmed his guilt in the murder of his father.


Hamlet taking his crazy act to a whole new level in front of Claudius and Gertrude.



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