CORRECTION: Grainger is joining the film in a supporting role, while Vikander still has the female lead.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Well, this is a surprise. It seemed like 17th Century set romantic drama “Tulip Fever” had been all set to go with Justin Chadwick directing Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan and Christoph Waltz this summer, but now there has been (at least) one major cast change. The Wrap reports Holliday Grainger has now taken over the lead role from Vikander, while DeHaan is no longer mentioned.
Now it’s Grainger who will play Sophia, the young wife of an aristocrat in the long-gestating adaptation of Deborah Moggach’s novel. When her wealthy husband hires an artist to paint their portrait, Sophia falls for the artist instead. The story is set against the backdrop of tulipmania in Amsterdamn as the two forbidden lovers scheme to invest in the tulip trade to make enough money to run away together. DeHaan had been set for the role of the artist, and it seemed like he was cleared to go after working out scheduling with the currently filming “Life,” but with Vikander out, it may be back to the drawing board on the male lead again.
Not that this is bad news, per se, since Vikander is probably drowning in great leading lady scripts these days and Grainger could use a breakout to boost her to Vikander’s level. She recently impressed as one half of “Bonnie and Clyde” opposite Emile Hirsch, but often gets stuck in supporting roles. Those have included small roles in “Anna Karenina,” “Jane Eyre” and the upcoming “Posh” and “Cinderella.” With Harvey Weinstein backing “Tulip Fever,” this certainly seems like a big and well deserved break for the British actress.