When a book or author is hot, Hollywood moves fast (for example, Gillian Flynn who has already seen two of her three novels—”Gone Girl” and “Dark Places“—hit the big screen). Next on the industry’s hot list is Paula Hawkins‘ “The Girl On The Train.” The massive best seller is rolling toward cinemas and already has Emily Blunt attached to star. And now a rising actress is joining her in a key role.
Deadline reports that “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” standout Rebecca Ferguson has snagged the role of Anne in the movie. The Tate Taylor (“The Help,” “Get On Up“) directed flick will follow a commuter who discovers something potentially deadly while looking out the window of her daily journey. 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 is one major female role left. The gig means that Ferguson won’t be starring in “Gambit,” and frankly, this is probably a better part.