All aboard the crazy train
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.