EW Puts Emily Blunt's 'Girl on the Train' on New Cover

EW Puts Emily Blunt's 'Girl on the Train' on New Cover

By Robert Dougherty Aug 26, 2016 09:47 AM
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With the summer movie season over, the fall's biggest films are looming closer, one of which is The Girl on the Train. Entertainment Weekly built it up further by putting titular girl Emily Blunt on the cover, as part of its exclusive preview on the best selling novel turned potential big screen potboiler.

Although the issue also promises a very early summer 2017 preview of major superhero movies and blockbusters, Blunt's movie with no heroes and plenty of suspicious characters is the headliner here.

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It was literally almost yesterday that The Girl on the Train novel by Paula Hawkins became a smash literary hit in 2015, months after DreamWorks bought the movie rights. The studio then fast tracked the big screen version with Blunt as the "devastatingly destitute" alcoholic living in her fantasies of the seemingly golden couple she sees outside of her train each day, until the woman goes missing on a night Blunt's Rachel can't remember.

Between that, Rachel spotting her with another man the day before, and her connection to Rachel's ex-husband and his new wife, the questions are obvious. Whether or not this makes Rachel a killer, Blunt tells EW it is still a rarity in cinema to "have a woman who’s just so messed up at the forefront of the film," not to mention a woman who is this "screwed-up, damaged, and downright frightening."

Virtually everyone has compared the novel to Gone Girl, which had its own frightening woman at the center. Yet in the book and movie, Amy Dunne was only a co-lead character, and eventually a confirmed sociopath and much worse. The more lingering mystery and tragedy of "blackout drunk" lead character Rachel is set up to be a "career-defining role" for Blunt, as EW puts it.

Another difference is that unlike with Gone Girl's Gillian Flynn, Hawkins didn't write the script for her own novel, as she told EW it “would have terrified me.” With Erin Cressida Wilson adapting the book instead, she made changes like switching the setting from London to New York City, although Blunt kept her English accent to highlight Rachel's isolation and to give “a fun wink and nod to the novel,” according to director Tate Taylor.

With Blunt also joined by "breakout star" Haley Bennett as the missing Megan, along with Justin Theroux, Rebecca Ferguson, Luke Evans, Edgar Ramirez, Allison Janney and more, there is much for Entertainment Weekly to tease and for readers to anticipate. Of course, millions who read the book know how it all turns out, although the film may not be remaking the novel word for word, due to certain changes and a "hair-raising, terrifying scene" that EW teases as not being in the book.

Further teasers from EW will hit newsstands on Aug. 26, six weeks before The Girl on the Train hits theaters on Oct. 7.

Tags: The Girl on the Train (2016), Gone Girl (2014), Emily Blunt, Paula Hawkins, Tate Taylor, Haley Bennett
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