Completing the one-two punch following yesterday’s release date announcement, The Weinstein Company have premiered the first trailer for Tulip Fever, the long-in-development period drama that chronicles a forbidden romance that brews between Dane DeHaan and the seemingly omnipresent Alicia Vikander.
It’s the latter who finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage at the beginning of Justin Chadwick’s (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) feature film. Housed up with Christoph Waltz’s powerful dutchman, Vikander indulges in a love affair with Dane DeHaan’s aspiring artist. Commissioned by her husband to paint a portrait of their frigid romance, the young pair then seize control of their own futures by plotting an escape during a time when the country was revelling in an economic boom.
Much of that can be traced back to the Tulip mania that gripped the Netherlands during the midst of the 17th century, and it’s this booming market that Vikander and DeHaan take a chance on in order to carve out a future together.
Production on Tulip Fever had initially wrapped last year, but only now is The Weinstein Company ready to roll out Chadwick’s period piece. Whether that bodes well for the drama or not is something we’ll leave to you, but the remainder of the cast list is populated by Cara Delevingne, Jack O’Connell, Judi Dench, Zach Galifianakis, and Tom Hollander
Come July 15, Tulip Fever will catapult us back into the Dutch Golden Age, and though a starry cast has caught our attention, Chadwick’s feature faces the tall order of opening within the same window as Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters reboot and The Infiltrator, a narcotics thriller that places Bryan Cranston on the right side of the law (for a change).