All aboard the crazy train

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When cast­ing be­gan for The Girl On The Train, many ac­tresses in Hol­ly­wood wanted the role. With the rar­ity of strong fe­male lead­ing roles, it was hotly con­tested. But Emily Blunt be­came an ob­vi­ous choice, ac­cord­ing to pro­ducer Marc Platt. He said: “Emily has tremen­dous skill as an ac­tor, and she was our first choice.” Once the Si­cario ac­tress was ap­proached to come in for an au­di­tion, she read the book in two days. She says: “What I loved about the book and about the script is that they ar­tic­u­lately man­aged to de­pict bro­ken, dam­aged women. You don’t see that in cin­ema very of­ten, as women are of­ten held in a male ideal. Both the book and the film strive away from that.” The thriller shows Rachel (Blunt), dev­as­tated by her di­vorce from Tom (Justin Th­er­oux, inset), ob­serv­ing a ran­dom cou­ple in their house on her daily com­mute. The cou­ple live near her old home that she shared with Tom. Each day as she rides the train, she watches the cou­ple, fan­ta­siz­ing about a life she doesn’t have with Tom, who has re­mar­ried. One day, she wit­nesses some­thing hap­pen to the wo­man, who sub­se­quently dis­ap­pears. The film shows the un­rav­el­ling of Rachel, and her in­abil­ity to re­call her where­abouts at cer­tain times. Th­er­oux says the film is about this wo­man and her doubts about her­self - largely due to a drink­ing prob­lem. He says: “It’s not a thriller in the tra­di­tional sense. “It’s seen through the lens of a hu­man prob­lem. No one be­lieves the least re­li­able wit­ness: Rachel.” In cin­e­mas to­mor­row.

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