It has been a very long road to the silver-screen for The Weinstein Company’s “Tulip Fever”. The film was originally set to release last summer, but after several delays and schedule changes, will finally release this fall. The official release-date for the period-piece is September 1, 2017, and it’s certainly one you should remember.
In 17th Century Amsterdam, an orphaned girl (Alicia Vikander) is forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant (Christoph Waltz) – an unhappy “arrangement” that saves her from poverty. After her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the painter (Dane DeHaan), a struggling young artist. Seeking to escape the merchant’s ever-reaching grasp, the lovers risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip bulb market, with the hope that the right bulb will make a fortune and buy their freedom.
If the name of the film sounds familiar, that’s because it was based on the novel of the same name ($8 at Amazon). The film was directed by Justin Chadwick, and the book was written by Deborah Moggach. Fans of Chadwick probably know him best as the director of “The Other Boleyn Girl,” another book adaptation that starred a very young Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, and Eric Bana. Chadwick also directed the film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” a bio-drama that featured Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, and Terry Pheto.
The film stars Cara Delevingne, Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Holliday Grainger, and Zach Galifianakis. Also featured in the film are Christoph Waltz and Judi Dench. Fans of the actors, or period-pieces, can watch the trailer below but we should warn you, we would not consider this trailer safe for work.
Alicia Vikander’s next big release will be “Tomb Raider,” a film directed by Roar Uthaug. That project stars Hannah John-Kamen and Walton Goggins. “Tomb Raider” will serve as a reboot for the franchise, made popular by the old video games, and is set to release in March 2018. This marks the first trailer released for “Tulip Fever,” so keep it on your radar for next month.