The first trailer for The Girl on the Train is here! The book of the same title, by Paula Hawkins was a huge bestseller last year and fans have been eager to see its film adaptation. The book takes place in London, but the movie changes the setting to New York. Emily Blunt, however, does get to keep her accent. It’s an interesting choice since the story doesn’t seem to be especially urban, focusing mainly around the more suburban families that Rachel watches.
Directed by Tate Taylor and produced by Marc Platt, The Girl on the Train, the film features Blunt as the protagonist, Rebecca Ferguson (Anna), Justin Theroux (Tom), Luke Evans (Scott), Haley Bennett (Megan), Edgar Ramirez and Allison Janney. Here’s the synopsis:
In the thriller, Rachel, who is 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, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel, The Girl on the Train is adapted for the screen by Erin Cressida Wilson and Taylor.
Vulture points out that the trailer has the same color palette, font, and tone of Gone Girl, which isn’t surprising considering the book was likened to Gillian Flynn’s quite a bit when it was getting popular. I was a bit taken aback by how much the trailer gave away which is always a frustrating thing, but I imagine readers who already know the story might be more thrilled to see peeks of these scenes on screen.
Train thrillers are a genre of their own, from Hitchcock’s noir Strangers on a Train to the railway editions of Victorian fiction and the film looks to be very much in the spirit of those stories, from the time stamps to the themes of fidelity and family.
The film is set for a UK and US release October 7th. Are you looking forward to it?
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