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TULIP FEVER Trailer

If a July release date for a sumptuous period romance sounds odd to you, wait until you hear the backstory on Tulip Fever. The movie was originally set to film in 2004 with Jude Law and Kiera Knightly in the lead roles, but it was scrapped overnight when the U.K.

If a July release date for a sumptuous period romance sounds odd to you, wait until you hear the backstory on Tulip Fever. The movie was originally set to film in 2004 with Jude Law and Kiera Knightly in the lead roles, but it was scrapped overnight when the U.K. changed its tax rules on film productions. It took ten years to get the project ready to shoot again, with principal photography taking place in 2014. A long two years of post-production work ensued, landing a film that boasts major players both in front of and behind the camera in what feels like a dumping ground mid-summer release.

Still, it’s hard to ignore the talent behind this project. The book on which the film is based (same name) was a bestseller for writer Deborah Moggach, who also wrote the book on which The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is based and has even dipped her toes into screenwriting with the 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice. Director Justin Chadwick and screenwriter Tom Stoppard are no strangers to historical romances, either, working on The Other Boleyn Girl and Shakespeare in Love, respectively. A deeper dive into the crew reveals even more bright spots, most notably composer Danny Elfman and production designer Simon Elliott (I’m a huge Byzantium fan).

And that cast. That’s probably what’s going to attract most of this film’s audience, as it’s hard to pass up the combined talents of Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, Judi Dench, Jack O’Connell, and Zach Galifianakis (not a typo). They should be able to pull even a flawed film into watchable territory, and if not, we can at least chuckle at Waltz for wearing that huge ruff around his neck.

Tulip Fever is directed by Justin Chadwick and stars Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, and Dane DeHaan. It will be released in the U.S. on July 15th, 2016. For international release dates, click here.

Do you think this long-gestating project will be worth the wait? Let us know in the comments!

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Emily is a film addict, TV aficionado, and book lover. She's currently in training to become a crazy cat lady.

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