Emily Blunt Is an Perfect Rachel, But Can She Save The Girl on the Train?


Like many fellow readers, I was completely sucked in by Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train, and while its ending was less than stellar, Rachel Watson was a completely intriguing character. So when Emily Blunt was announced for the part, alongside Rebecca Ferguson as Anna, that casting was enough to pique my interest in a film adaptation. The third important female in Hawkins’ thriller, Megan Hipwell, is played by Hayley Bennett (Hardcore Henry); Megan is married to Scott (Luke Evans) and from the looks of this trailer, Bennett may be the weakest link. Anchored by Blunt — and always excellent, Allison Janney as the detective in charge of *spoilers!* — it’s possible this thriller will work itself out. My brain can’t help wanting to replace Bennett with Brie Larson, and there’s not enough Theroux here to comment on his Tom (Rachel’s former husband, and Anna’s current). Thanks to The Leftovers, I’ve come to appreciate Theroux, so I feel safe assuming he’ll be great.

Blunt is everything, am I right?


The Girl on the Train is directed by Tate Taylor (The Help), and co-stars Édgar Ramírez, Laura Prepon and Lisa Kudrow (amusingly, as Monica). It hits theaters October 7th.

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over eight years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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  • Valhallaback Girl

    All these things are just perfect. Agreed that I’d like to see Larson as a replacement, but Blunt carries mostly everything she’s in. If not for her, I’d still see it on account of Theroux.

  • emmalita

    I have the book on my Kindle. I need to read it STAT.

    • Angry dimples

      it’s not that good.. i mean, it’s good, but knowing the giant reading list you have, i wouldn’t put it at the top of that one. this might be one of those adaptations that improve on the source material greatly.