The Help and Get on Up helmer Tate Taylor appears to have found his lead for DreamWorks’ upcoming adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ runaway bestseller The Girl on the Train. According to a story today at The Wrap, Edge of Tomorrow and Into the Woods‘ Emily Blunt is eyeing the title role of Rachel.
DreamWorks picked up the rights to The Girl on the Train in 2014 and had Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary) begin the adaptation process even before the novel was published in January by Riverhead Books and sold over 2 million copies worldwide. It’s been the #1 book on the New York Times bestseller list for the 19 weeks since its release.
The novel follows Rachel, a woman who recently became divorced and who spends her daily train commute fantasizing about the perfect couple in a house she passes only to one day see something shocking that gets her caught up in a mystery.
Blunt can be seen coming up in Sicario, the new action thriller from Prisoners and Enemy director Denis Villeneuve, as well as the upcoming Snow White and the Huntsman prequel, The Huntsman. The former is set for a big screen release September 18 while the latter is now in production, targeting an April 22, 2016 debut.
The Girl on the Train will be produced by Marc Platt and Jared LeBoff for Marc Platt Productions.
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