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Lisa Kudrow has joined the cast of DreamWorks’ high-profile adaptation of The Girl on the Train.
Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Jared Leto, Justin Theroux, Haley Bennett, Edgar Ramirez and Allison Janney are already on board Train, which adapts the best-selling thriller by Paula Hawkins.
Blunt plays Rachel, a troubled alcoholic whose husband left her for his mistress, who becomes fascinated by a seemingly perfect couple whose home she passes while riding the train. But after she thinks she witnesses a murder, she begins to realize that she may have been involved in the crime.
Ironically (for fans of Friends, anyway), the character Kudrow will play is named Monica, a former co-worker of the ex-husband, who is being played by Theroux. (And Theroux in real life is married to Jennifer Aniston, who played Rachel on Friends! Mind officially blown.)
Hawkins’ best-seller hit shelves in January 2015 and had sold more than 3 million copies in the U.S. alone by August.
Marc Platt is producing the film, which will be executive produced by Jared LeBoff and Celia Costas. The Help helmer Tate Taylor is directing from a script by Erin Cressida Wilson.
CAA-repped Kudrow is coming off an outstanding lead actress Emmy nomination for her work in The Comeback and recently reprised her role as a college dean in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising with Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. In the can is Table 19, a Fox Searchlight comedy that stars Anna Kendrick.
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