Paula Hawkins, the author of The Girl On The Train, thinks that Emily Blunt is ‘”too beautiful” for the role in the upcoming film adaptation. While fans of the book are not happy with the movie’s change of setting.
Hawkins agrees with many that Blunt, who plays the leading role of Rachel (who is presented as an overweight alcoholic in the novel) is physically not suitable for the part:
“Everybody moans about, ‘Oh, she’s too beautiful to play Rachel’ and she is [too beautiful],” she said at the Chiswick Book Festival, via Mail Online.
“But the thing about Rachel, you know the key part of her is her self-loathing and how bad she feels about herself. They’ve done their best, I mean to sort of make her look a bit shit, but you know…”
That’s not the only aspect of the film to draw criticism, as many fans of the book are “angry” with the movie changing the setting from London to New York. It’s no doubt, the change will have been made to appeal to a wider market but many have taken to twitter to express their disappointment with the change:
When I hadn’t read “The Girl on the Train” I wasn’t annoyed by the movie being set in The States. Having now read it… I am.
— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) September 15, 2016
Is anyone else really annoyed that The Girl on the Train film was relocated to the US? London commute was so central to @PaulaHWrites' novel
— Lizzie Dearden (@lizziedearden) April 20, 2016
The fact that the film version of The Girl On The Train is set in New York and not in the UK is slightly concerning
— Dan (@ViciousRevenant) September 17, 2016
I want to see Girl on the Train. I just hate they changed the setting in the book London to New York.
— Cheeky Bastard (@Down2MarsOne) September 13, 2016
Sad to see that 'The girl on the Train' movie will be set in New York rather than the books location of London. Why?!
— Alex Osipczak (@alexosipczak) November 6, 2015
I've just finished reading The Girl on the Train and become irrationally angry when learning the film has changed location to New York
— Adele Johnson (@adele_e_johnson) September 9, 2016
The Girl On The Train opens in theatres on October 7th and you can watch the trailer below: