The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins burst into the literary scene with a bang, and it’s rights for adaptation were quickly snapped up by Dreamworks. Since then, the film has quickly been fast-tracked for production, with actors and executives jumping on board. Below, you can find all the current information we have about The Girl on the Train movie (as of October 2015).
SYNOPSIS: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Which characters have been cast?
EMILY BLUNT AS RACHEL
Emily Blunt will play Rachel, the central character who is devastated by her recent divorce and is experiencing severe mental health repercussions from the grief. She’s miserable, she’s an alcoholic, and she’s still in love with her ex-husband Tom. Rachel is the eyes and ears of the story – she has developed an attachment to a seemingly perfect couple who she only sees while passing their idyllic house when gliding past on the train.
REBECCA FERGUSON AS ANNA
Rebecca Ferguson will play the once-mistress now-wife of Rachel’s ex-husband Tom. She now has a baby with Rachel’s ex, and is seemingly doing absolutely anything she can to vilify Rachel and keep her away from Tom and her child.
Who will write the screenplay?
Erin Cressida has adapted Paula Hawkins’ novel into a screenplay – she is known as the screenwriter behind The Secretary, Men Women and Children, and Chloe.
Who will direct?
Tate Taylor will direct the film – he’s known as the director of the Oscar-winning film, The Help (based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett). He has also appeared as an actor in various films, including Winter’s Bone.
Rumors & more…
Kate Mara (of the ill-fated Fantastic Four reboot) is rumored to be in the running to play Megan, the female counterpart of the idyllic duo that Rachel admires from the train (and who she calls “Jess” until she learns her true name). We still do not know who will fill the central role of Tom, Rachel’s ex-husband. I’m very interested to see who will be cast! People are comparing The Girl on the Train to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, the successful novel that was adapted into an excellent film by David Fincher. The two stories are different, but they definitely both contain yarns of similarity – my favorite aspect is that they both make you suspicious of the central character, and wonder if they are actually a reliable narrator.