Meet Rachel Watson, an average worker who, like many of us, fills her daily, monotonous commute by daydreaming of just about anything that catches her eye. Rachel’s main point of interest, though, is a seemingly perfect couple that her train passes each morning – Jess and Jason, as she refers to them – but their idyllic life is masking a dark, unspeakable secret, one that Rachel herself clocks eyes on coming and going from her 9-to-5.
If you’re one of the few still to read Paula Hawkins’ novel of the same name, that’s the arc that underpins The Girl on the Train, a psychological thriller headed up by Edge of Tomorrow and Sicario actress Emily Blunt. And today, the very first, full-length trailer has pulled into the station. Promising a bona fide white-knuckle ride, The Girl on the Train is adapted by Erin Cressida Wilson, while Tate Taylor of The Help fame is the one calling the shots from behind the lens.
Also starring Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez, Lisa Kudrow and Laura Prepon, The Girl on the Train pulls into theaters on October 7, when Tate Taylor’s nerve-shredding thriller will open opposite Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner 2.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?