Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation‘s Rebecca Ferguson is in negotiations to co-star in DreamWorks‘ thriller The Girl on the Train.
Emily Blunt has already signed on to star in the big-screen adaptation of Paula Hawkins‘ runaway best-seller.
The London-set film, which will be directed by Tate Taylor, offers three meaty roles for actresses. Blunt will play Rachel, the story’s primary narrator, a jobless alcoholic who, devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily train ride fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that she passes. But after coming home one night covered in blood and unable to remember much from a black-out drinking episode, she begins to realize that she may have witnessed or been involved in a crime. Ferguson would play Anna, the wife of Rachel’s ex-husband.
Marc Platt is producing the film, which will be executive produced by Jared LeBoff and Celia Costas.
DreamWorks acquired the rights to the fiercely contested novel in 2014, prior to the book’s publication. The Girl on the Train went on to top the New York Times best-seller list for a dozen weeks. Two million copies of the book have been sold, according to DreamWorks.
Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary, Chloe) is adapting the screenplay.