Emily Blunt will star in Girl on the Train

31 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Allison Janney Boards ‘Girl on the Train’ (EXCLUSIVE).

It didn’t take long for “The Girl on the Train” — a.k.a. the “Gone Girl” of 2015 — to get snapped up by Hollywood. The story follows a woman (Blunt) devastated by her recent divorce who spends her commute fantasizing about a seemingly perfect married couple who live in a house that her train passes every day.Actor-filmmmaker Justin Theroux is in talks to replace Chris Evans in the DreamWorks’ film, which also stars Jared Leto, Haley Bennett and Edgar Ramirez, said The Hollywood Reporter.Disney and DreamWorks have announced that the big-screen adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ bestselling psychological thriller is set to open Oct. 7, 2016.

A mere 10 months after the release of Paula Hawkins’s bestselling crime novel, casting is in full swing for an adaptation, which will hit screens in October 2016. But after she thinks she witnesses a murder, she begins to realize that she may have been involved in the crime.Theroux, 44, will play Tom, the woman’s ex-husband.

Janney and Taylor have a longstanding relationship, with the actress not only appearing in his recent hits such as “The Help” and “Get on Up” but also his smaller projects such as “Chicken Party” and “Pretty Ugly People.” She can still be seen on the CBS comedy “Mom,” which recently won her an Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy. If there’s one thing this Brit loves more than getting wasted and drunk-dialing her ex, it’s making up stories about the seemingly perfect couple she spies every morning and evening from the window of her commuter train. No wonder A-list actors are signing on to the movie, which will be directed by Tate Taylor (“The Help,” “Get On Up”) with a script by Erin Cressida Wilson (who wrote the wonderful “Secretary” and the awful “Men, Women & Children”).

Let’s take a look. (And if you haven’t read the book, stop reading this post, because there will be spoilers.) The character: Rachel Watson is a pudgy, creepy 30-something alcoholic — the kind of protagonist whose insistence on self-humiliation makes a reader want to hurl a Kindle across the room. She’s transformed herself from a bitchy fashionista in “The Devil Wears Prada” to an adorable hipster in “Your Sister’s Sister” to a muscly tough-as-nails soldier in “Edge of Tomorrow.” But there’s something that Blunt might not be able to shake: Her inherent likability. It’s not just that I’ve put on weight or that my face is puffy from the drinking and the lack of sleep; it’s as if people can see the damage written all over me, can see it in my face, the way I hold myself, the way I move.” Blunt is going to have to pull off a major Charlize if she wants to sell this. She’s in Warren Beatty’s next movie, Terrence Malick’s untitled 2016 release and Antoine Fuqua’s remake of “The Magnificent Seven.” If you’ve seen her at all, it might have been in the 2007 rom-com “Music and Lyrics” or alongside Denzel Washington in “The Equalizer.” The role doesn’t require a lot of heavy lifting, and Bennett seems more than capable of playing a lovely yet depressed woman.

But he also needs to be slightly unhinged, because he’s going to end up locking Rachel in a room at some point. (At least, if the movie follows the book.) Gut reaction: Good one! For the charm, he can channel Jordan Catalano, and for the sinister stuff, he can tap into whatever he used to play the Joker in “Suicide Squad,” because. . . well, he looks terrifying here. The character: Anna Watson, Tom’s younger second wife, who is described in the book as blonde, slim and petite — but has a bad attitude and even a bit of malevolence. Gut reaction: The Swedish actress is best known for playing Ilsa Faust in this summer’s “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.” She may not fit the aesthetic profile perfectly, but, as her blockbuster action role proved, she’s certainly capable of being ruthless.

Russell’s “Joy,” Stephen Gaghan’s “Gold” and as the lead in the biopic about boxer Roberto Duran, “Hands of Stone.” (Also, Bodhi in the upcoming “Point Break” remake, for what it’s worth.) A sturdy looker from Venezuela, he doesn’t fit the description of the character at all. But the filmmakers can always take a cue from “The Martian,” which cast Chiwetel Ejiofor in the role of Venkat Kapoor then changed the character’s name to Vincent.

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