Peter O'Toole and Julie Christie were to play the parts of Norman and Madge but were later replaced by Ronald Pickup and Celia Imrie. Additionally director John Madden went on to say that Eileen Atkins and John Hurt were another two actors considered for parts.
Penelope Wilton (Jean) is reading Tulip Fever, a novel by Deborah Moggach, on whose novel the film is based. The film is based on the novel These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach. The film Tulip Fever (2015) is in development.