Casting: Waltz, Hayek, Knapp, Dillane

Tulip Fever
Christoph Waltz is set to star in Justin Chadwick’s 17th century Dutch drama “Tulip Fever” for Ruby Films and The Weinstein Company. Alison Owen will produce and pre-production begins in April.

Based on Deborah Moggach’s novel of the same name, the story follows the love affair between a man and a woman (Dane DeHaan and Alicia Vikander) at a time when Dutch painters were creating masterpieces and a tulip bulb cost ten times the average annual salary. [Source: THR]

The Septembers of Shiraz
Salma Hayek and Shohreh Aghdashloo are attached to star in Wayne Blair’s thriller adaptation of Dalia Sofer’s novel “The Septembers of Shiraz” for Millennium Films. Filming begins in April.

Based on actual events, the story follows a Jewish family caught in the Islamic revolution in 1981 Iran who try to come together and escape the deadly tyranny. Hayek is the mother, is Aghdashloo is the family’s housekeeper. [Source: THR]

The Dorm
Alexis Knapp, Cassie Steele and Max Lloyd Jones have joined the cast of Rachel Talalay’s psychological horror movie “The Dorm” at MTV Films.

Knapp plays an awkward college freshman who struggles with major self-esteem issues but undergoes a transformation into a flawless, seductive beauty at the hands of her new dorm mates. [Source: Deadline]

Frank Dillane is set to star in Catherine Jarvis’ “Maestro” for Bow Street Films. Filming begins this spring in northern Australia and Austria and renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang will produce the music.

Based on Peter Goldsworthy’s book, the story deals with the battle of wits between an aspiring young pianist and his enigmatic Viennese teacher. [Source: Screen]