Wednesday afternoon. AOL Headquarters, London. A busy street in Camden is buzzing not only with the ambulance sirens bursting in the humid capital’s air. There is also a humming crowd of devoted The Girl on the Train fans, patiently waiting for the cast members Emily Blunt, Luke Evans and Haley Bennett, director Tate Taylor and writer Paula Hawkins to arrive.
The movie, which is based on the bestselling thriller written by Paula Hawkins and directed by Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up) is already considered to be the one to watch during the award’s season.
The story focuses around Rachel Watson, the character played by Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, The Adjustment Bureau, Sicario and the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns) who’s a divorcee suffering from alcoholic addiction that entangles her into a missing person’s investigation. Rachel becomes the main witness, but add to that, she must tackle the demons from her own past and present.
“Rachel is a raging alcoholic, which makes her an easy and manipulative person,” said Emily defining her character. While delving into a uniquely vulnerable role, the Hollywood actress was watching documentaries in order to understand the emotional depth of her character and her harmful habits – “how drunk people talk, walk and even move their eyes.” “Thanks god no one has a tape of me being drunk,” giggled the British actress. “I do,” cheerfully said Emily’s co-star Luke Evans, who plays Scott Hipwell, “a dark and mysterious role” as defined by the actor himself.
As the cast members seem to have a great chemistry, what is the thing Emily will not be missing from The Girl on the Train experience? “I wanted to burn that overcoat when they (the cast) wanted to give it to me as a present,” laughed the Brit.
No spoilers alert. Blunt, who’s well known for her polished, romantic and adventurous roles goes rogue revealing her different side and giving a breathtaking performance on the big screen.
Mark your calendars. The Girl on The Train will be released on the 5th of October.