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Emily Blunt To Star In Adaptation Of Best-Seller ‘The Girl On The Train’

Emily Blunt To Star In Adaptation Of Best-Seller 'The Girl On The Train'

If you are a voracious reader or know somebody who is, then you’ve likely already heard of “The Girl On The Train.” The book spent thirteen weeks at the top of The New York Times bestseller list this year, and it’s likely the go to choice for summer vacation reading. And naturally, a big screen adaptation is brewing and it has found its lead actress.

Emily Blunt is in talks to star in movie based on Paula Hawkins‘ book, that will be directed by Tate Taylor (“The Help,” “Get On Up“). The actress will take the lead role of the alcoholic, divorcée Rachel who witnesses something shocking on her daily commute and gets plunged into a mystery. Here’s the book 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?

Erin Cressida Wilson (“Secretary,” “Men, Women & Children“) is penning the script, and there are two other major female roles, one of which Kate Mara is apparently being eyed for. No word yet on when this ‘Train’ might get rolling, but I’d presume DreamWorks wants to strike while the iron is hot.

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