FILM 1617: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
TRIVIA: To date (2016), Paula Hawkins' book that inspired this film is the fastest-selling adult novel in history.
Original author Paula Hawkins had Michelle Williams in mind for the role of Rachel Watson, which went to Emily Blunt.
The painting that Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) is looking at in an art gallery is "The Subway" by George Tooker.
The book that this film is based on is actually set in England, and Rachel Watson gets the train into London. Emily Blunt is from London, England. For this film, the location was changed to New York but Rachel speaks with Emily's natural British accent in keeping with author Paula Hawkins' vision.
Friends (1994) reference: When Lisa Kudrow's character sees Rachel (Emily Blunt) on the train, she excitedly exclaims, "Rachel! I haven't seen you in a million years!" Kudrow's character on the sitcom, Phoebe Buffey, was best friends with Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston). Coincidentally, Aniston's real-life husband, Justin Theroux, plays Rachel's ex-husband in this film.