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.