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Plucking a ‘Tulip’ lead

Stoppard script adapted from Moggach romance novel

Jude Law is set to star in the historical romancer “Tulip Fever,” which “Shakespeare in Love” director John Madden will helm early next year for DreamWorks Pictures and Miramax Films.

Set in 17th century Amsterdam, “Tulip Fever” revolves around a young woman who marries a wealthy merchant to escape poverty. When she falls madly in love with a penniless artist who is hired to paint their portrait, the lovers try to raise money to escape together by investing what little they have in the high-stakes tulip market; at the time, certain flower bulbs changed hands for more than the price of houses.

Pic, in which Law will play the artist, is expected to begin lensing next spring.

Tom Stoppard (“Shakespeare in Love”) penned the script for “Tulip Fever,” an adaptation of Deborah Moggach’s novel of the same name.

DreamWorks’ Walter Parkes is shepherding the project at the studio, which he will produce along with Alison Owen, who recently produced the Gwyneth Paltrow starrer “Ted and Sylvia” through her Ruby Films shingle.

Miramax will handle all international rights on the pic.

No stranger to pics set in the past, Law, repped by CAA, most recently starred in DreamWorks’ Chicago gangster saga “Road to Perdition” opposite Tom Hanks. He just wrapped Miramax’s Civil War romancer “Cold Mountain” and the 1930s-set “The World of Tomorrow,” which Paramount is set to release next year.

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