Okay, this one is far from the fairy tale or a romantic comedy!
I just finished reading Paula Hawkins’ “The Girl on the Train”. I walked so much on the treadmill just to finish the book because I didn’t want to put it down!
This is a definite hands down, take the train, bus, car, bicycle, or whatever means necessary to pick up this book! Actually, you probably already have since “Variety” reports “The Girl on the Train” is the fastest-selling adult novel in history, having sold more than two million copies in the U.S. alone since it was published in January.”
In the book, Rachel is an alcoholic, divorced woman who becomes obsessed with a couple she sees on a regular basis from the train she takes into London.
One day, Rachel sees something strange that will trigger a series of events that will have you feverishly turning the pages to see what’s real, what’s not, and what really happened. It’s a page turner until the end!
It’s been reported that Emily Blunt (“Into The Woods” and “The Devil Wears Prada”) is set to star as Rachel (and also reported that she’ll play Jess/Megan).
Since I’m a real-life television meteorologist and not a Hollywood casting agent, as a fan of the book, here’s my dream cast. And, in case you haven’t read the book, I’m only giving character names and not how they play into the story.
I know actors and projects have to line up, so I’ll offer several people for each role.
Tom — Michael Fassbender, Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Hugh Dancy (“Hannibal”), James Marsden, and Andrew Lincoln (“The Walking Dead”)
Scott — Grey Damon (“Aquarius”) and Shawn Ashmore (“The Following”)
Jess/Megan and Anna — Elisabeth Rohm (“Stalker), Jennifer Aniston, and Evan Rachel Wood (“True Blood”)
And, finally, Dr. Kamal Abdic — Manish Dayal (“The Hundred-Foot Journey) and Enrique Iglesias
Okay, I’ve enjoyed my fantasy casting enough. One more “reported” claim about the movie is that the locale will move from London to the United States.
Tate Taylor (“The Help”) has signed on to direct.
Paula, your thoughts on the casting?
And, in honor of Rachel! 🙂
And, I was even fortunate enough to correspond with Paula Hawkins, the incredible author of “The Girl on the Train”.
I wish her great success on the follow-up and I can’t wait to see what it is.
Most of this blog originally appeared in “Random Friday Thoughts — July 24, 2015”. You can see the rest of that blog here: https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/random-friday-thoughts-july-24-2015/