Hot after her breakout role in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Rebecca Ferguson is boarding the Gone Girl-esque thriller THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. There are three primary lead female roles in the mystery/drama, with Emily Blunt having already nabbed the central part.
Based on the hugely successful bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins, the story centers on Rachel (Blunt), 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 into the mystery that follows.
Ferguson takes on the role of Anna, the current wife and former mistress of Rachel’s ex-husband Tom. Ferguson became a hot name after stealing the show in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and has since become a highly sought-after talent. Sources confirm that she took herself out of the running for the Channing Tatum Gambit film in order to peruse Girl on The Train.
Tate Taylor is directing the adaptation, based on a script from Erin Cressida Wilson. Marc Platt is producing, while Jared LeBoff and Celia Costas executive produce. Hawkins confirmed that unlike the English setting of her novel, the film will take place in the U.S.
Despite her role in Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules, it was Mission: Impossible that put Ferguson on the map. The Swedish actress most recently wrapped the Meryl Streep-led Florence Foster Jenkins biopic. She’ll also lead opposite Charles Dance in another spy film, the thriller adaptation Despite The Falling Snow.
She’s repped by ICM.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by Deadline.