Emily Blunt is set to grace the big screen once more this year in Tate Taylor’s The Girl on the Train, an adaptation of the popular Paula Hawkin’s novel.
Drawing comparisons to Gone Girl due to its complicated characters and themes on marriage, it was only a matter of time before the The Girl on the Train enjoyed the big screen treatment.
Star Emily Blunt recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss what drew her to play Rachel Watson, who struggles with addiction and memory loss.
“There were various aspects about Rachel that made it so appealing for me to play her. I mean she’s complicated. She’s riddled with self-loathing. She’s an addict, and yet she is trying to do the right thing. And at the same time she’s frightened of herself and what her own capabilities are,” Blunt commented.
As Blunt is one of Hollywood’s most glamorous leading ladies, audiences are in for quite a shock when they see her as the more dressed down and tortured Rachel. However, the stark differences between Blunt and her character did nothing to deter the actress.
“As alien as she is to me, I identified with her and I can empathise with her. But I guess there’s a certain trepidation when you’re playing somebody who’s been so beloved in a book, and been so potent in someone’s imagination. I just hope she’s as close as possible to what people imagined.”
The Girl on the Train will be released October 7.