The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson’s life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in London, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple a few houses down — Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage.
The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.
Each day, Rachel Watson takes the train to work in the city, heading past the town of Witney. The train passes her old house where her ex-husband, Tom, and his new wife, Anna, live. She can also see the home of another married couple a few houses down. Rachel becomes endeared to this couple, whom Rachel nicknames ‘Jess and Jason’.
They appear to have the perfect life, and Rachel is both envious and happy for them. One day while passing their house, Rachel witnesses something that changes everything she thought about the couple. Then Jess goes missing, and Rachel wonders if she is somehow connected to her disappearance.
The Girl on the Train is an upcoming 2016 American mystery thriller drama film directed by Tate Taylor and written by Erin Cressida Wilson, based on Paula Hawkins’ 2015 debut novel of the same name. The film stars Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Édgar Ramírez, and Allison Janney.
Principal photography began on November 4, 2015 in New York City. Produced by Marc Platt, The Girl on the Train will be the first film production from DreamWorks Pictures to be distributed by Universal Pictures, as part of the studio’s distribution deal. The film will be released on October 7, 2016.
The Girl on the Train
Directed by: Tate Taylor
Starring: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Luke Evans, Rebecca Ferguson, Laura Prepon, Edgar Ramírez, Allison Janney, Lisa Kudrow, Lana Young, Athena Stuebe, Leilah Marie Giddens, Danielle M. Williamson
Screenplay by: Erin Cressida Wilson
Production Design by: Kevin Thompson
Cinematography by: Charlotte Bruus Christensen
Film Editing by: Michael McCusker
Costume Design by: Michelle Matland, Ann Roth
Set Decoration by: Susan Bode, Judy Gurr
Art Direction by: Deborah Jensen
Studio: Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks Pictures
Release Date: October 7, 2016