"I used to watch this perfect couple. They were the embodiment of true love."
Rachel Watson, devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasising about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. One morning, she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds…
We have long been fans of Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel, which was a 'last roll of the dice' for the author. The book is often called her literary debut but she had in fact written four ‘romantic fiction’ titles under a pseudonym. However, with a huge desire to write something that felt like ‘her’, she threw everything in and says it was the ‘dread and financial panic’ that focused her mind. The question she asked herself was, ‘What if, on a train journey, you were to see something?’ She felt weary of the situations of many contemporary thrillers, ‘most of us will never encounter these things. Sadly, most of the threats we encounter are at home.’
The focus paid off and within four months she had finished the novel which would fly to the top of the bestseller lists across the globe, including a record-breaking 30 weeks on the UK charts. It was even part of President Obama’s summer reading.
The buzz caught the eye of producer Marc Platt. Responsible for acclaimed, award-winning hit films such as Drive, Into the Woods and Bridge of Spies, Platt teamed with director Tate Taylor (The Help, Get On Up) and relocated the film to the US. Casting Emily Blunt as Rachel, along with Luke Evans, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez and Lisa Kudrow, the film certainly boasts a stellar cast.
Emily Blunt, last seen in the stunning Sicario, spoke to Entertainment Weekly about her reaction to The Girl on the Train.
“I read it, and I loved it,” Blunt says of the book and the subsequent script. “I was completely sucked into it and thrilled by the idea that your protagonist was a blackout drunk. That’s very unusual. Especially in cinema, to have a woman who’s just so messed up at the forefront of the film.”
Instantly film fans will recall other train-set thrillers adapted for the screen such as Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train and Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, as well as another Hitchcock film, perhaps the greatest ‘voyeur’ film of them all, Rear Window. We are sure that Hawkins’ gripping book will be just as captivating on the big screen and are excited for its cinematic release from our friends at Entertainment One.
The Girl on the Train is out at Showcase Cinema October 7