Emily Blunt is in negotiations to star in DreamWorks’ thriller adaptation THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. TheWrap claims that the actress has been officially offered the role and has begun early talks. Blunt would play Rachel, a recent divorcee who spends her daily train-ride fantasizing about the perfect couple who live in a house that she passes each day, that is until she witnesses a shocking offense, tangling her in the mystery that follows. The production also has yet to cast another two primary female roles, though sources hint that Kate Mara is a top choice for the studio.
A few weeks back The Help director Tate Taylor was confirmed to direct the adaptation. Men, Women & Children writer Erin Cressida Wilson will script, with Marc Platt producing and Marc Platt Productions’ Jared LeBoff executive producing. The book on which the film is based was the fastest-selling adult novel in history following its publication in January, with over two million copies sold. The tense thriller nabbed a top position on NY Times bestseller list during its debut week, and has continued to claim the spot even 17 weeks later.
Blunt most recently wrapped up her starring role in Disney’s musical ensemble Into the Woods, which bowed in December. The high-profile actress is next set to join Chris Hemsworth in Universal’s fantasy prequel/sequel The Huntsman and is soon to start work on the dramatic thriller Barton & Charlie, where she’ll star opposite Rupert Friend. She’s currently receiving glowing reviews for her turn in Prisoners helmer Denis Villeneuve‘s upcoming crime drama Sicario, which just recently premiered at Cannes.
Blunt is repped by CAA.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor