EXCLUSIVE: He’s got the Point Break remake and David O. Russell’s Joy coming out at Christmas and Gold with Matthew McConaughey next year, but it looks like Edgar Ramirez is stepping on another ride soon. The Carlos actor is deep in negotiations to join DreamWorks’ The Girl On The Train, I’ve learned. A final deal to get on board could come together before the weekend.
Ramirez would portray Dr. Kamal Abdric in the Tate Taylor-directed adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ bestselling thriller that came out this year. The therapist character is involved in an affair with the married Megan (Haley Bennett), and becomes a suspect in her disappearance – which is the heart of the novel and the film.
Emily Blunt and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’s Rebecca Ferguson are also in the pic with the Sicario actress playing a hard-drinking recent divorcee. Narrating the story in the book, the Rachel Wilson character spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple that live in a house that her train passes every day. When Rachel hears that Megan, the wife, has gone missing, she tries to find out what happened, was she drunkenly involved, and where Megan has gone. Ferguson plays Anna, the former mistress and now new wife of Rachel’s ex.
The other male roles — Rachel’s former husband, Tom, and Megan’s spouse, Scott — have not been cast yet. Erin Cressida Wilson wrote the screenplay adapated from Hawkins’ book. Marc Platt is producing, with Jared LeBoff and Celia Costas executive producers.
Ramirez, also starring in upcoming boxing pic Hands Of Stone with Robert De Niro, is repped by CAA, Impression Entertainment and attorney Bob Wallerstein.