Created by: Deborah Moggach (novel)
Directed by: Justin Chadwick
Written by: Tom Stoppard
Produced by: Maria Cestone, Molly Conners, Richard Hewitt, Sarah E. Johnson (among others)
Other cast: Cara Delevingne, Christoph Waltz, Jack O'Connell, Zach Galifianakis, Holliday Grainger, Dane DeHaan, Judi Dench, Tom Hollander, Matthew Morrison
Release date: 24 February 2017 (USA)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Running time: 1h 47min
An artist falls for a young married woman while he's commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam.
- It was filmed in 2014 but the release was postponed for three years. The first test screening happened in November 2014 and didn’t get positive reactions. The film would be released in theaters in June 2016, but the release date was pushed to July 2016 and again to February 2017..
- Matthias Schoenaerts was in talks for the male lead but turned it down. He was replaced by Dane DeHaan. Schoenaerts ended up co-starring with Alicia Vikander in Danish Girl (2015).
- Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander revealed that Derek Cianfrance made them live together on set for six weeks.
- In 2013, Alicia Vikander was cast in the lead role, but it was later reported that Holliday Grainger replaced her. This turned out to be incorrect, and it was announced that Vikander would indeed be playing the lead role and Grainger would be a supporting role.
- De Haan, Van Dijk and Hollander are all dutch surnames. Hollander is a less commonly used term for Dutchman.
- The film is set in the Netherlands but was entirely shot in UK (in Norfolk, Suffolk and at Pinewood Studios).
- In 2004, director John Madden was lining up the movie with Keira Knightley and Jude Law to star, with a script by Tom Stoppard. Once tax incentives for production in UK disappeared, the project was cancelled. Some sets had already been constructed and 12,000 tulips had to be dead-headed. Soon after that, director Peter Chelsom tried to get it made, and he didn’t fare any better. Then in 2011, Tom Hooper considered it among a handful of other projects as his followup to Le discours d’un roi (2010) before deciding on Les Misérables (2012). In July 2013, Justin Chadwick was announced as the director.
Jan Van Loos: I’ve come to paint a portrait.
Sophia: [Henrietta enters the room] What are you looking at?
Jan Van Loos: What am I *looking* at?