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Emily Blunt in talks for The Girl on the Train

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EMILY Blunt is in talks to star in the film adaptation of best-selling novel The Girl on the Train.

To be directed by Tate Taylor, the London-set film would see the British actress playing the story’s primary narrator, a jobless alcoholic who, devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily train ride fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that she passes.

However, after coming home one night covered in blood and unable to remember much from a black-out drinking episode, she begins to realise that she may have witnessed or been involved in a crime.

Written by Paula Hawkins, The Girl On The Train became a runaway best-seller, topping The New York Times best-seller list for a dozen weeks. Two million copies of the book have been sold, according to DreamWorks, who acquired the rights to the fiercely contested novel in 2014, prior to its publication.

Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary, Chloe) is currently adapting the screenplay.

Blunt is being strongly linked to the role by various industry insiders and is on a hot run of her own as an actress, having recently won widespread critical acclaim at Cannes for her performance in Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario.

She also nabbed a supporting actress Golden Globe earlier this year for the Rob Marshall musical Into The Woods.

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