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American cinemagoers set to see Norfolk’s starring role in Tulip Fever film next week

PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:38 24 August 2017

Autumn comes in June to the Norwich cathedral cloister for the final day of filming Tulip Fever. Photo: Bill Smith

Autumn comes in June to the Norwich cathedral cloister for the final day of filming Tulip Fever. Photo: Bill Smith

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Cinemagoers could next week finally have the chance to see Norfolk’s starring role in the film Tulip Fever - in America.

The movie - which was partly shot at Norwich Cathedral and Holkham Beach in summer 2014 and features an impressive A-list cast - has become famous for having its US release date put back time and time again.

However The Weinstein Company, which is behind the film starring Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, Dane DeHaan and Dame Judi Dench, has confirmed on Twitter that the film will be shown in American cinemas from September 1.

A new trailer has been released in which Dame Judi Dench and Dane DeHaan can been seen walking through Norwich Cathedral’s cloister, and people are also now able to purchase the film’s soundtrack - but despite all this the date Tulip Fever will hit UK cinemas still remains a mystery.

Bizarrely, despite filming taking place in the UK, there has yet to be any potential date given for when the film will be shown in this country although on the IMDB online film database there are dates for other parts of the world including the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Singapore and Slovakia.

Autumn comes in June to the Norwich cathedral cloister for the final day of filming Tulip Fever. Photo: Bill Smith Autumn comes in June to the Norwich cathedral cloister for the final day of filming Tulip Fever. Photo: Bill Smith

The movie, set in 17th century Amsterdam during the height of tulip mania, is based on the novel of the same name by Deborah Moggach, who penned the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It tells the story of a young married woman, Sophia, who has an affair with an artist commissioned by her husband to paint her portrait. Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz and Dane DeHaan play the central characters of Sophia, her husband Cornelis Sandvoort, and artist Jan Van Loos.

As we reported at the time of filming, Norwich Cathedral’s cloister was given an extensive movie makeover. An array of trees and greenery were brought into the cloister, along with cows, geese and pigs, to conjure up the backdrop for the film, and extras appeared to have been cast to play nuns. At one point two horses and a carriage arrived at the film set.

The story was adapted for cinema by Sir Tom Stoppard and the film’s director, Justin Chadwick, previously directed The Other Boleyn Girl and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Footage from the film was screened in May 2015 at the Cannes Film Festival and it was originally due to be released in US cinemas in July last year.

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