EXCLUSIVE: Hot off playing the female lead in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Rebecca Ferguson is negotiating to star in The Girl On The Train, the Tate Taylor-directed adaptation of the Paula Hawkins novel. Ferguson will play the role of Anna. There are three main female roles in the thriller, and the first was landed by Emily Blunt, who plays a recent divorcee who narrates the tale and spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. One morning, she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
Ferguson turned in a real “who’s that?” performance as the shadowy covert agent opposite Tom Cruise in Rogue Nation, and my is her phone ringing. She was on a very short list — with 007 Spectre star Lea Seydoux and Mad Max: Fury Road‘s Abbey Lee — to test for the female lead opposite Channing Tatum in Fox’s X-Men spinoff Gambit. Ferguson has taken herself out of the running on that film to instead take this plum role in a film that has been likened to Gone Girl for its thriller elements and that it is an adaptation of a publishing phenomenon. Erin Cressida Wilson wrote the script and Marc Platt is producing the film, with Jared LeBoff and Celia Costas the exec producers.
Ferguson most recently wrapped the Stephen Frears-directed Florence Foster Jenkins, opposite Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. She is represented by ICM Partners, Charles Collier at Tavistock-Wood and Laura Munsterhjelm at Actors in Scandinavia.