Watch first film footage of Norfolk’s starring role in new movie with Dame Judi Dench, Tulip Fever

Autumn comes in June to the Norwich cathedral cloister for the final day of filming Tulip Fever. Pho

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

The first film footage of Norfolk's starring role in a major movie has been revealed in a new trailer.

Autumn comes in June to the Norwich cathedral cloister for the final day of filming Tulip Fever. Pho

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

Scenes for the film Tulip Fever were shot at Norwich Cathedral and Holkham Beach in June 2014 and the locations can clearly be seen in the first trailer of the film which has an all-star cast.

Holkham's expansive sands and big skies open the recently released trailer before it cuts to interior shots of Norwich Cathedral as Dame Judi Dench's character, the Abbess of St Ursula, tells a young woman called Sophia, played by Alicia Vikander, 'You would have been an orphan girl in a stormy sea. Marriage is a safe harbour - love, honour, and obey.'

The movie is set to be released in the United States on July 15 but no release date has yet been announced for the UK.

A number of other locations across the country were also used for filming but the recurring images of the historic Norwich landmark and north Norfolk beauty spot in the trailer suggest Norfolk will play a large part in the long-awaited film that is actually set in 17th century Amsterdam during the height of tulip mania.


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Tulip Fever is based on the novel by Deborah Moggach, who also penned the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and it tells the story of a young married woman, Sophia, who has a passionate 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 the artist Jan Van Loos respectively.

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The impressive cast list also includes Dame Judi Dench, Cara Delevingne, Jack O'Connell, Tom Hollander, Holliday Grainger, Kevin McKidd, David Harewood and Zach Galifianakis.

The story was adapted for cinema by Tom Stoppard and the film's director, Justin Chadwick, previously directed The Other Boleyn Girl and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

As we reported at the time, Norwich Cathedral's cloister in particular was given an extensive movie makeover.

An array of trees and greenery were brought into the cloister, along with some cows, geese and pigs, to conjure up the backdrop for the film, and many extras appeared to have been cast to play the roles of nuns. At one point two horses and a carriage also arrived at the film set.

Ruby Films' Alison Owen (Saving Mr Banks) produced the film with Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, while Bob Weinstein, also co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, is described as executive producer.

Both Norwich Cathedral and Holkham have featured in films before.

In 2011 Norwich Cathedral was used as one of the film locations for the movie Jack the Giant Slayer starring Ewan McGregor, Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane and Bill Nighy.

Parts of the 900-year-old building were transformed into a castle for the Warner Brothers movie based on the classic fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk.

Prior to this, Norwich Cathedral was used for filming scenes in My Talks With Dean Spanley starring Peter O'Toole and Jeremy Northam.

Holkham has been used as a location in a number of films. The closing scenes of Shakespeare in Love see actress Gwyneth Paltrow walk on Holkham's vast sandy beach, and The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, was also filmed at Holkham, as was Never Let Me Go which also starred Keira Knightley.

At the same time as filming took place in Norfolk for Tulip Fever, scenes for the Avengers: Age of Ultron were shot at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia campus.

Filming for Tulip Fever also took place in at locations in Suffolk, Essex, Kent and at Pinewood Studios.

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