Last year, Paula Hawkins’ novel The Girl on the Train became one of those “you have to read this” phenomena, its ubiquity evident in every airport bookstore and walk through a beach full of eager readers. It’s similar to the buzz Gone Girl experienced a few years prior, and the likenesses don’t end there. Both films concern themselves with contradictory stories, disappearances, and the deceit that exists behind seemingly nondescript suburban doors.
In fact, before we accidentally give anything of value away, here’s the formal description from the book: “Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life — as she sees it — is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say?”
While Tate Taylor’s adaptation looks to have moved the film’s story from London to New York, the odds are good that the film will try to replicate the novel’s breakneck twists as faithfully as possible. Emily Blunt stars alongside Haley Bennett and Luke Evans, and Universal will release the film on October 7th. Check out the film’s bleak, atmospheric trailer below.