Revel in the anguish and 17th century drama in the first trailer for the upcoming period piece ‘Tulip Fever’, starring Alicia Vikander and Cara Delevingne
For someone whose looks are striking and malleable, but not particularly classic, Swedish Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander is in danger of becoming the next Keira Knightley. Vikander seems set on overtaking the reigning queen of the period drama, as she fast establishes herself as a European woman for hire in films like The Danish Girl, Testament of Youth and A Royal Affair. Her latest film, Tulip Fever is a sumptuously costumed and beautifully shot 17th century drama that's set during a period of tulip mania in Amsterdam. The story is based around an adulterous love affair that at first glance, has a lot in common with 2012's Anna Karenina, the film that Vikander, Cara Delevingne and Knightley all starred in. (Luckily for Vikander, she's just been cast as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider update, so she's no longer in danger of being typecast as a repressed European wife).
Based on the novel of the same name by Deborah Moggach with a screenplay by Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Anna Karenina), Tulip Fever chronicles the life of Sophia (Alicia Vikander), the young and beautiful wife of much older husband Cornelis Sandvoort (Christoph Waltz). When a young painter Jan van Loo (Dane DeHaan) is commissioned to paint Sophia's portrait, a passionate love affair begins, and much hand-wringing, scheming and... uh, tulip selling ensues. The film sits in the hands of Justin Chadwick, who's had experience directing hot young things in corsets when he directed Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman in 2008's Tudor tale The Other Boleyn Girl. It's also notable for starring Judi Dench, Cara Delevingneas - what else? - an artist's model, Prince Harry's ex Cressida Bonas, Holliday Granger, Jack O'Connell, Zach Galifianakis and Daisy Lowe. Tulip Fever is out July 15 in the US. Watch this space for updates on the Australian release.