Dane DeHaan Might Join TULIP FEVER; Colin Firth and Kate Winslet in Early Talks for Drama about Yacht-Racing Cheat

     November 1, 2013

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Casting is heating up as the American Film Market (AFM) approaches.  Production companies at AFM are trying to package stars in an effort to shore up international funding for their movies.  First up, Dane DeHaan might join Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) in Justin Chadwick‘s Tulip Fever.  The movie centers on the affair between a young couple, but the twist is that the story takes place during 17th century Holland, during a period where tulip bulbs became hot trading items, and a single bulb could sell for as much as ten times the average annual salary.  While some economists and historians believe this simplification to be somewhat misleading, it still created the notion of economic bubbles.  I’m not sure how a romance fits into that, but I’m curious to find out.

Hit the jump for details on why DeHaan might have to pass on the role plus casting news on an intriguing true-life story focusing on the outlandish attempts of a yacht-racer to deceive the world.

donald-crowhurstAccording to Daily Mail, DeHaan may be unable to do Tulip Fever because he’s already obligated to play James Dean in Anton Corbijn‘s Life.  The story focuses on “how Life Magazine photographer Dennis Stock captured the essence of Dean in a series of now iconic portraits of the star in 1955, shortly before he died.”  I’m a big fan of DeHaan, and I’m sure he’ll be great in either role, so hopefully he can do both.  He recently starred in the excellent Kill Your Darlings, and will be seen next year in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Moving on, Daily Mail also reports that Colin Firth and Kate Winslet are in early talks for an untitled drama about infamous yacht-racing cheater Donald Crowhurst deceiving the world in 1968 about his trip to circumnavigate the globe.  Crowhurst was the most ill-prepared and least qualified of all the racers, and his boat ended up springing a leak.  He was falling so far behind the other racers that he started falsifying his locations on the ship-to-shore messages sent from his Marconi radio.

The phony racer “slowly went mad, trying to keep up with his deceptions about his whereabouts,” but Scott Burns‘ script apparently has a terrific role for Crowhurts’s wife, Clare, who became known as “The Sea Widow”.  Clare had to struggle with raising four children why her husband was gone, and eventually went on welfare because their home and business “were wrapped up in the duplicitous voyage”.

Firth would play Donald, and Winslet would play Clare, but assuming the production company can get the Oscar-winning actors, filming probably wouldn’t get underway until late next year or early 2015 after Winslet gives birth to her third child.  Firth is currently filming on Matthew Vaughn‘s The Secret Service and will also provide the eponymous voice for the Paddington Bear movie.  As for Winslet, her great film Labor Day will attempt to join the awards race when it opens in limited release later this year.

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