Cape Town - Emily Blunt leads the all-star cast of DreamWorks Pictures’ The Girl on the Train, from director Tate Taylor and producer Marc Platt. Based on author Paula Hawkins’ best-selling novel, the thriller that has riveted millions now makes its way to the big screen.
The Girl on the Train has been adapted for the screen by Erin Cressida Wilson.
Although former journalist Paula Hawkins had previously written several books as an author for hire, The Girl on the Train was the first novel released under her own name.
The inspiration for her gripping whodunit of witnesses who become suspects was inspired by Hawkins’ daily experiences on the commuter rail through London.
“There was one particular route where the train was always breaking down, and I would sit and look into these apartment blocks, and you could see right into someone’s living room,” she recounts.
“I was always hoping I’d see something interesting, although I never did. But it started my imagination going, and that’s where the germ of the story came from.”
Once the production announced it was casting The Girl on the Train, the role of Rachel Watson became a much-sought-after part. As there are not scores of enviable female-leading roles in Hollywood that represent fully developed and complex characters like Rachel, the calls for consideration were coming in all over.
When the dust settled, only one name rose to the top: Emily Blunt.
The Girl on the Train began filming in the New York area, in November 2015, and continued through the end of the following January.
Much of the film was shot both on a real train and in a train car built on a stage in Westchester County, just north of Manhattan. It wasn’t difficult to look on edge for the cast, as they would often find themselves in sub-20-degree Fahrenheit weather. See pics from the set here:
The Girl on the Train opens in SA cinemas this Friday, 7 October.
(Photos: DreamWorks Pictures)
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