Filming begins for Tulip Fever at Norwich Cathedral

The garden under construction in Norwich Cathedral cloisters for filming of Tulip Fever. Picture: De

The garden under construction in Norwich Cathedral cloisters for filming of Tulip Fever. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

After a week transforming Norwich Cathedral's cloister into a setting for 17th century drama Tulip Fever, filming was last night set to begin.

The garden under construction in Norwich Cathedral cloisters for filming of Tulip Fever. Picture: De

The garden under construction in Norwich Cathedral cloisters for filming of Tulip Fever. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

An array of trees and greenery have been brought into the historic site to conjure up a backdrop for the film which tells the story of a married woman who begins a passionate affair with an artist hired to paint her portrait.

And as filming was due to begin last night some final additions to the set were brought into the cloister – two cows, some geese and some pigs.

Set in 17th century Amsterdam, Tulip Fever is based on the novel by Deborah Moggach, who also penned the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

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The book has been adapted for cinema by Tom Stoppard and the film features an impressive cast including Dame Judi Dench (Philomena), Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), Dane DeHaan (Chronicle), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Holliday Grainger (Bonnie and Clyde), Jack O'Connell (300: Rise of an Empire), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Matthew Morrison (Glee), Tom Hollander (Rev.), Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina) and Cressida Bonas.

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Justin Chadwick, the film's director, previously directed The Other Boleyn Girl and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Ruby Films' Alison Owen (Saving Mr Banks) is producing the project with Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, and Bob Weinstein is executive producing.

The Tulip Fever film company is expected to be at Norwich Cathedral until June 25, and filming for Tulip Fever is also taking place at locations in Suffolk, Essex, Kent and at Pinewood Studios.

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