LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Principal photography has begun on the DreamWorks Studios film adaptation of the New York Times Best Seller, “The Girl on the Train,” it was announced today by the studio. Based on Paula Hawkins’ debut novel, the film stars Emily Blunt (Sicario), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation), Haley Bennett (The Equalizer), Justin Theroux (The Leftovers), Luke Evans (Furious 7), Emmy® winner Allison Janney (Mom), Edgar Ramirez (Zero Dark Thirty), Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback) and Emmy® winner Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie).
Since its publication in January, “The Girl on the Train” is the fastest selling adult novel in history with seven million copies sold around the world. It is an international best seller and landed in the top spot on the New York Times best sellers list its first week. It has remained on the New York Times list for 42 weeks straight, spending more than half of that time at #1.
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DreamWorks acquired the rights to Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller in 2014, prior to the novel’s publication. Tate Taylor (The Help) is directing from a script adapted by Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary) and himself. Marc Platt (Bridge of Spies) is producing the film, while Celia Costas will serve as executive producer along with Jared LeBoff of Marc Platt Productions. Filming is taking place in New York, NY and Westchester County, NY.
In “The Girl on the Train,” Rachel, who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
The film is scheduled for release in U.S. theaters on October 7, 2016.
About DreamWorks Studios
DreamWorks Studios is a motion picture company formed in 2009 and led by Steven Spielberg in partnership with The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. The company’s recent releases include Spielberg’s last two films - Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance, and Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. Lincoln has grossed over $180 million at the U.S. box office and was nominated for twelve Academy Awards® with Daniel Day-Lewis winning for Best Actor. Other films produced by the studio include Spielberg’s War Horse, based on Michael Morpurgo’s award-winning book and nominated for six Academy Awards® including Best Picture, and The Help, which resonated with audiences around the country and earned over $200 million at the box office and received four Academy Award® nominations with Octavia Spencer winning for Best Supporting Actress. Upcoming films include The Light Between Oceans based on M.L. Stedman’s best-selling debut novel starring Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz, Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG, and The Girl on the Train based on Paula Hawkins’ best-selling debut novel and starring Emily Blunt.