If 2015 proved to be a defining turning point in the career of Alicia Vikander, the Swede is primed to take things to the next level in 2016. After garnering near unanimous praise for roles in Testament of Youth and Alex Garland’s excellent and cerebral sci-fi Ex Machina, the actress landed prominent roles in the likes of The Light Between Oceans, Universal’s as-yet-untitled Bourne 5 and Tulip Fever, a period drama that whisks both her and Christoph Waltz back to 17th-century Netherlands.
In development at The Weinstein Company, today brings forth the first image for the picture, which is being brought to life by Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom director Justin Chadwick.
Set during a period of the Dutch Golden Age known as Tulip mania, Chadwick’s feature is situated in an era of economic excess, with artists and various painters making vast swathes of money from depicting royals in oil paintings. One of these creators will be played by Dane DeHann, a talented painter who falls for a married woman (Vikander) after he’s commissioned to render a painting of both her and her husband (Waltz). Pulling together money earned during the economic bubble, the pair soon hitch plans to run away together.
Chadwick has assembled quite the cast for Tulip Fever, too, with DeHaan and Cara Delevingne – who will partner for Luc Besson’s sweeping sci-fi Valerian – joining an ensemble that includes Jack O’Connell, Judi Dench, Zach Galifianakis, and Tom Hollander.
No release date has been set for Tulip Fever, though it’s a safe bet that the film will crop up during 2016’s festival circuit later in the year.