Rebecca Ferguson in Talks for ‘The Girl on the Train’

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

After blowing up in Mission: Impossible – Rouge Nation, the question on everyone’s lips is what will actress Rebecca Ferguson do next? Originally it was reported that the actress was up for the female lead in FOX’s X-Men franchise tie-in film Gambit, but word is now that she’s dropped out for roles that are a little heavier.

Deadline is now reporting that she may have found that role. Apparently Ferguson is in talks for a role in the upcoming adaptation of the bestselling novel The Girl on the Train.

Written by Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train is the story of a woman who takes the train to work every day. On her travels she often glimpses a quick minute in the lives of a couple whose house is behind the train tracks. In a Hitchcockian twist, this woman finds herself embroiled in a possible crime involving the couple that she voyeuristically watches from her seat on the train.

Ferguson will join the already cast Emily Blunt if she signs on. Blunt will play Rachel, the titular girl on the train. Ferguson would play Anna, the current wife of Rachel’s ex-husband and one of the three POV characters (including Rachel and the woman whose life Rachel spies on).

I just finished reading this book and it is a real thrill ride. Thanks to untrustworthy narrators and a twisting plot, this had me guessing as to the real culprit until the final reveal. And the ending was very real – it wasn’t a happy ending and things weren’t tied up nicely with a neat, little bow.

The Help director Tate Taylor has been tapped to helm this film.

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