Friday, June 20, 2014

England gets Tulip Fever: Movie based on book starts shooting in England



I've been hearing that Tulip Fever - from Deborah Moggach who gave us the delightful Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (formerly known as These Foolish Things) - was on its way to moviedom for a couple of years now. Somewhere along the line book-lovin' Harvey Weinstein shook things up and got a director and cast hired and the film is actually in production in the U.K. now. Production has just wrapped in Norwich, standing in for 17th century Amsterdam, and is scheduled to shoot in Suffolk, Essex and Kent in the coming weeks. Here's my take on the book.


The village of Norwich and the cathedral cloister double for 17th century Amsterdam in the story of a married woman who has a passionate affair with an artist hired to paint her portrait in Tulip Fever.

Alicia Vikander (seen here as Kitty in Anna Karenina) is Sophia


The Tulip Fever cast includes Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) as Jan Van Loos, an artist hired by a young woman's much older husband, Cornelis Sandivort (Christoph Waltz) to paint her portrait. Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) is Sophia, the young married woman who gets wrapped up in an affair with the artist. What fantastic casting! Both Vikander and DeHaan are slightly odd ducks, there's an inner vulnerability both actors radiate; I think their pairing will be interesting to watch. 

Also onboard; Jack O'Connell (300:Rise of an Empire), David Harewood (Homeland) Judi Dench, and Zach Galifiankus (is this is first dramatic role?)  Justin Chadwick, who helmed the adaptation of The Other Boleyn Girl and the acclaimed Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, directs. The screenplay is from Peter Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay who also wrote Hector and the Search for Happiness together. 




After the leaving Norwich the film company will be returning to Pinewood Studios. Filming for Tulip Fever is also taking place at locations in Suffolk, Essex, Kent. Tulip Fever is set to open in 2015.

Photo credits: All images via Bill Smith at EDP/24


Have you read Moggach's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (formerly These Foolish Things)? Read my take on the book here and my take on the movie here.

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