LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Actress Emily Blunt will star in the upcoming movie adaptation of The Girl on the Train, Disney announced Tuesday.
The adaptation of the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins has also been given a release date of Oct. 7, 2016 by the studio. Justin Theroux will co-star along with Rebecca Ferguson. Chris Evans and Jared Leto are also in talks to join the cast.
British actress Blunt will play a woman crushed by her divorce who fantasizes about a perfect married couple who live in a house she sees every day on her commute. One day, she thinks she witnesses a crime take place in the house.
Blunt is getting Oscar buzz for her role in Sicario as an FBI agent fighting a Mexican drug cartel.
Hawkins' novel has been compared to Gone Girl since it arrived last year. But Hawkins told Time Magazine "the book is closer to Hitchcock. But I suppose both books have a very flawed female protagonist at their heart and are women who maybe are not what they seem."