The Weinstein Company has dropped the first trailer for Tulip Fever, an upcoming period drama starring Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan and Christoph Waltz.
Based on the novel of the same name by Deborah Moggach, who also wrote the source novel behind The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Tulip Fever is set in 17th Century Amsterdam and tells of a beauitful orphaned girl (Vikander) who is forced to marry a rich merchant (Waltz). She soon embarks on an affair with a struggling painter (DeHaan), risking it all in the process.
It’s a familiar-looking tale of forbidden love, although there’s no denying the strong cast, which also includes Jack O’Connell and Dame Judi Dench. It’s also good to see Zach Galifianakis continuing to step away from his usual comedy fair; the actor is also coming up in Alien: Covenant. While it’s nearly always great to have Waltz on board, he’s played this type of character a few too many times now. We’ll see.
Justin Chadwick, known for The Other Boleyn Girl, The First Grader and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, directs from a screenplay by Oscar-winning scribe Tom Stoppard (Empire of the Sun, Shakespeare in Love).
Tulip Fever, also starring Holliday Grainger, Matthew Morrison, Tom Hollander, Cara Delevingne, Cressida Bonas and David Harewood, arrives in Australia on August 10 and hits the US on August 25.
Synopsis for Tulip Fever:
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.