Forbidden Love, Secrets, Deceit and Coercion seem to be the themes for the latest Weinstein produced drama Tulip Fever starring Oscar Winners Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz and Dane DeHaan. Originally slated for release last summer, the film finally has a release date (September 1st). Based on the best selling novel of the same name, The Weinstein Company accompanied this brief synopsis alongside the trailer:
“In 17th Century Amsterdam, an orphaned girl (Alicia Vikander) is forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant (Christoph Waltz) – an unhappy “arrangement” that saves her from poverty. After her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the painter (Dane DeHaan), a struggling young artist. Seeking to escape the merchant’s ever-reaching grasp, the lovers risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip bulb market, with the hope that the right bulb will make a fortune and buy their freedom. “
On the surface, it looks as though this will be a rehash of old familiar themes that have been tackled many times before but one would hope that the strength of the cast should illicit some interest (though given how the box office has underperformed this summer, all bets are off). This marks yet another long delayed project for the Weinstein Company who just recently pushed back the Rooney Mara /Joaquin Phoenix joint venture ” Mary Magdalene” to 2018 (effectively ending its potential contention for any awards this year).
What do you think of the trailer for Tulip Fever? Is this something you’ll look for amidst the lull in between the summer blockbuster season and Oscars season? Let us know in the comments below or via social media.