Universal Pictures and DreamWorks have released the first The Girl on the Train trailer online. The Help director Tate Taylor helms the adaptation of the bestselling Paula Hawkins novel from a script by Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary), which follows the story of Rachel (Emily Blunt), a lonely, alcoholic divorcee who uses her daily commute to fantasize about the seemingly perfect life of the couple—whom she dubs “Jason and Jess” (Luke Evans and Hayley Bennett)—she glimpses every day when the train stops at the signal. One day, however, she sees something shocking during the train’s routine stop, and subsequently becomes entangled in a web of intrigue involving a missing woman.
The novel drew strong comparisons to Gone Girl as it was making its way up the charts (it was the fastest-selling adult book in history), and this trailer for the film adaptation doesn’t shy away from the similarities given the success of David Fincher‘s adaptation of that other book. At heart, though, The Girl on the Train looks like more of a performance showcase for Emily Blunt than a mystery that’s overly concerned with its plot, and that’s very much a draw for this particular film. Blunt was downright phenomenal in last year’s criminally underseen Sicario, and it’s nice to see she’s getting a chance to lead a film with such a high profile.
This is certainly a departure for Taylor, whose The Help follow-up Get on Up was a pretty by-the-numbers biopic, but who looks to be making a serious turn for the dramatic with this thriller. Overall, this trailer is a promising first look at one of the most anticipated films of the year.
Check out the trailer below. Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Edgar Ramirez, Allison Janney, and Lisa Kudrow also star. The Girl on the Train opens in theaters on October 7th.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Girl on the Train:
In the thriller, Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.