|Movies, Tulip Fever • By Lora • 0 Comments|
Alicia Vikander is preparing to tiptoe through the tulips. The Swedish-born actress has helped put the bloom on a screen project that had been put on the manure heap.
Alicia, who won recognition for her performances in the films A Royal Affair and Joe Wright’s under- appreciated Anna Karenina, is in the final stages of negotiations to play the lead in the much delayed screen version of Deborah Moggach’s novel Tulip Fever.
It’s the story of a 17th-century love affair in Amsterdam, set against the backdrop of tulipmania, when the bottom fell out of the lucrative tulip market (during which a single bulb could be worth flower tubs of money).
The picture has come close to getting made several times. On one occasion, a couple of years ago, Keira Knightley and Jude Law were involved; but a tax credit deal soured, causing the production to be cancelled. Some sets had already been constructed and 12,000 tulips had to be dead-headed.
Now director Justin Chadwick, whose film of Nelson Mandela’s life Long Walk To Freedom with Idris Elba and Naomie Harris is likely to be a major awards season contender, has been signed to have another go.
Along with producers Alison Owen and Harvey Weinstein, he decided to cast Alicia.
She would play the role of Sophia, whose wealthy husband hires an artist to paint her portrait. But the artist and his model would rather make love than watch paint dry.
The pair hit on the idea of investing in tulip trading to give them the funds to run away.
I’m hearing that red hot actor of the moment Matthias Schoenaerts is being sought to play the lover.
Kate Winslet, Michelle Williams and Carey Mulligan have already nabbed him for their forthcoming pictures, though Marion Cotillard got there first, in last year’s film Rust And Bone.
Before she blossoms in Tulip Fever, Alicia will star with Henry Cavill (Napoleon Solo) and Armie Hammer (Illya Kuryakin) in Guy Ritchie’s film version of The Man From UNCLE.
She also has a movie in the works with Domhnall Gleeson, who played Levin opposite Alicia’s Kitty in Anna Karenina.