The bestselling suspense thriller The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins, will be getting the big screen treatment, to the excitement of many readers who enthusiastically devoured the provocative mystery novel. Now comes word that Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, Edge of Tomorrow) might be taking the lead as Rachel, the unemployed alcoholic divorcée who is the book’s primary narrator. The popular British actress is currently in negotiations to play this deeply flawed but sympathetic character.
The imaginative story, full of twists and turns, focuses mainly on Rachel, who continues to take the train into London from the suburbs each day after she is fired from her job so that her roommate won’t suspect that she’s out of work. During the commute, she looks out at the houses the train passes, developing a preoccupation with the inhabitants of one house in particular. Her curiosity inspires her imagination, and she fantasizes about what life is like for the inhabitants, a couple who remind Rachel of herself and her ex-husband. When the wife goes missing, Rachel tries to help the authorities.
This DreamWorks project will be produced by Marc Platt, best known in recent years for Drive and Into the Woods.
Released earlier this year, The Girl on the Train caught on like wildfire, selling two million copies and remaining at the top of the New York Times bestseller list for 12 weeks.