The new Girl on the Train film is out soon
With just a few weeks until The Girl on the Train finally hits cinemas, we’re getting pretty excited. Especially after seeing the film’s stars out in force last night for its London premiere.
In homage to the film, Leicester Square was transformed into a train line, with Emily Blunt, Luke Evans and Haley Bennett all making an appearance on the temporary tracks.
Emily Blunt’s beaded floral dress by Alexander McQueen made a colourful change for the actress after playing the lead character of Rachel Watson, an overweight alcoholic divorcee who becomes obsessed with a couple she sees every morning on her commute. Paula Hawkins recently explained that they had to make the actress ‘look at bit sh*t’ to play the role in the screen adaptation of her best-selling book to ensure ‘too beautiful’ Emily was in keeping with the character.
Meanwhile, Haley Bennett sparkled in a beaded Valentino dress for the premiere as she took to the makeshift train platform. In the film, Haley plays the role of Megan, the perfect wife who Rachel daydreams about from the train who suddenly disappears. Not that she was in any danger of disappearing into the crowds at the premiere – doesn’t she look amazing?
On 25th August we wrote…
If we weren’t already excited about the hotly anticipated The Girl on the Train, which lands in cinemas later this year, we are now. Emily Blunt has been speaking about why she was so drawn to the film, and it sounds great.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Emily said: ‘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.’
It sounds like a really meaty role and we can’t wait to see Emily’s performance. We’re counting down the days until the 5th of October…
On the 19th of July, we wrote…
It’s only been nearly two years since Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl had fans of the novel at the edge-of-their-seats with David Fincher’s adaptation. But today, thriller fans can rejoice once again as its spiritual successor, Paula Hawkin’s hugely popular novel, The Girl on the Train, is nearing release – a brand new trailer has just dropped.
Starring Emily Blunt as Rachel Watson, the unemployed lonely alcoholic who serves as the protagonist of the novel, Emily was seen dashing around New York City over the past few weeks as she filmed scenes for the eagerly awaited adaptation. The DreamWorks film will be directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) with screenplay by Erin Cressida Wilson (The Secretary).
Take a look at the latest trailer below.
In February, a few weeks after Emily announced her second pregnancy with husband John Krasinski, the actress was seen looking gorgeous while filming. Their second daugher, Violet, was born at the end of June.
Though we’ve seen Emily as Rachel, we’ve yet to see her co-stars get in front of the camera. Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation) and Jennifer Aniston’s husband, Justin Theroux, have been confirmed to play Anna and Tom, while the role of Megan will be played by Haley Bennett.
And Megan’s husband, Scott? Well, Jared Leto was rumoured to be in the running for the role, but now Welsh actor Luke Evans will be rounding out the cast.
Girl On The Train tells the story from the point of view of Rachel who commutes on the train to London everyday and imagines (more like obsesses over) the lives of a couple she watches through the train windows (who she nicknames Jason and Jess). Rachel soon becomes embroiled in her escapist imaginings, returning home one night covered in blood with the news that ‘Jess’ has gone missing. The story is told from the perspective of three women: Rachel, Megan (‘Jess’) and Anna – the new wife of Rachel’s ex-husband, Tom. Each woman is a complex character with their own take on the same events and it’s our job to complete the jigsaw.
We were absolutely gripped and can only imagine the film will be just as captivating. It seems the film adaptation will be relocating the novel to the United States (bummer), and we expect Emily will be trading her native British accent for an American twang.
Though the cast is all set and the film is being planned for an October 2016 release, we can’t help but look back at our own dream cast wishes from earlier this year.
See who we thought would’ve been perfect for the roles of the three leading ladies. Don’t worry, no spoilers.
RACHEL: She’s the central character and a hopeless sad sack. Her narration is utterly unreliable and peppered with gaps. Once married to Tom, she is now divorced and miserable. But perhaps she’s been underestimated…
At the top of the running. Blunt would have to rough herself up a little to get into character for this role but we think she would surprise us all with her versatile acting skills.
Based on her Bridget Jones years, we reckon Zellweger could bring a real likeability to Rachel’s character.
Thinking about it, there isn’t really a role that Winslet would be rubbish in. She’d be great as Rachel- able to bring the raw emotion and desperation that the part requires.
MEGAN: A 29-year-old short, slim, arty blonde. She’s a complicated character – a hot, vulnerable mess with some dark secrets. The book centres around her sudden and mysterious disappearance.
A definite contender. We think Mulligan could bring the air of mystery that Megan requires, based on her roles in Drive and Shame. Also, she’s got the cute looks that Hawkins describes Megan having in the book.
Megan is viewed as a bit of a cool cat and Kendrick is just that. She has the chutzpah to pull of some of the things that Megan gets up to. We say no more.
She’s beautiful and a brilliant, versatile actor who could definitely master Megan’s tortured vibe. (Think of her as Edie Sedgwick in Factory Girl).
ANNA: The other woman. A yummy mummy and a bit of a snob, she’s got that picket-fence perfection that we love to hate. But she’s not without her share of sass…
We’ve seen her kick-ass as spunky journalist, Zoe Barnes, in Netflix original, House of Cards and she’s in the remake of the Fantastic Four. Mara has also been in talks for a role in the film but it’s not clear which one. We think she’d be brilliant for the part – capturing the snooty, rigid elements of Anna and ideal once the claws come out.
After her flawless depiction of the brilliantly manipulative Amy Dunne in Gone Girl, Pike has to be in the running. Her cool nonchalance would be perfect for Anna.
Beautiful and posh. Need we say more?