After easily stealing Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation from the small hands of Tom Cruise, Swedish actor Rebecca Ferguson has secured a sought-after role in next year’s most anticipated literary adaptation.
Ferguson has landed a key part in The Girl on the Train, the big-screen take on the hit thriller from Paula Hawkins. The book has broken records, becoming the fastest selling adult novel in history.
The 31-year-old actor, who has also starred alongside Dwayne Johnson in Hercules and in TV’s The White Queen, will take on the role of Anna, who is married to the ex-husband of the central character Rachel, played by Emily Blunt. The plot centres on three women who are embroiled in a murder mystery when one of them becomes obsessed with a couple she regularly sees from her daily train commute. The third female role is yet to be cast.
While the book is set in England, the novel will transport the action to New York, as confirmed by author Paula Hawkins in July. Hawkins has also chosen not to be involved in the screenplay, stating that she is happy for them to “get on with it”.
The thriller will be directed by Tate Taylor, known for The Help and last year’s James Brown biopic Get On Up.
Ferguson will next be seen in cold war thriller Despite the Falling Snow before she stars alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins.