All Aboard: Emily Blunt to Play the Lead in ‘The Girl on the Train’

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Great news! Emily Blunt will star in a film adaptation of The Girl on the Train. The film will be based on the novel by Paul Hawkins, and the book was a bestseller. We have high hopes that the movie will do well, too, especially with Blunt in the lead. Recently, she was nominated for a Golden Globe after her performance in the movie musical, Into the Woods, so we know she’s got chops. Her character is Rachel, a divorced alcoholic who becomes fixated on a mysterious couple she observes everyday on (You guessed it.) the train.

This film will be directed by Tate Taylor, who directed a film adaptation of The Help back in 2011. Also, the novel will be adapted into a screenplay by Erin Cressida Wilson.

But here’s an interesting fact about Hawkins’ novel: It came out in January. Yes, we mean January 2015. It came out at the beginning of the year, and it’s already being made into a movie. It took four whole years for even Harry Potter to make its big screen debut. Why is this happening so fast?

It’s because The Girl on the Train officially holds the record for being the fastest-selling hardcover, adult fiction book. People want that book made into a movie, and they want it now. We applaud Hawkins for writing such a hit, and we wish Blunt the best of luck in her new role.

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