"The Girl on the Train" author Paula Hawkins says the choice of the Hudson Valley as the backdrop for the upcoming film based on her book works well because the area is beautiful "in a slightly creepy way," according to an Aug. 25 cover article in Entertainment Weekly.
Screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson said switching the setting from London to an American city was a "no-brainer," particularly because she started writing the screenplay even before Hawkins' novel was released in the U.S. In the film , the main character Rachel Wilson, portrayed by Emily Blunt, rides a Metro-North Hudson Line train from Westchester County into New York City every day, Entertainment Weekly says.
Several Westchester towns played a key role in the making of the film, including Yonkers, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, as well as Dutchess County's Poughkeepsie. The screenplay kept Blunt's character British so the story is able to cauture how isolated she is away from family and friends, Entertainment Weekly reports.
In the Dreamworks film, the storyline follows a newly divorced and alcoholic train commuter who tries to persuade people that she really did witness a murder. In addition to making adjustments in the story's setting, filmmakers also had to make allowances for the different culture surrounding alcohol across the pond, Entertainment Weekly says.