Samantha Womack is to star in the UK and Ireland tour of The Girl on the Train.
The stage adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ thriller novel and the subsequent Dreamworks film, will see Womack take on the role of Rachel Watson, famously played by Emily Blunt in the film.
Best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell in BBC One drama EastEnders, Womack was last on stage playing Morticia in a tour of The Addams Family.
Her numerous screen credits include films Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Kingsman: The Secret Service and leading roles in tv series Mount Pleasant and Game On.
The show follows Rachel, a woman who watches the perfect couple from the train window every day in order to excape her own troubled life. When she finds herself a witness to a possible crime, her life changes completely.
Womack said: “Having been thoroughly captivated by the novel, the opportunity to take on a role like this is incredibly exciting. I’ve been fascinated by thrillers for a long time and this kind of storytelling, like Hitchcock’s Rear Window, offers us a voyeurs journey into a world which is dangerous and full of suspense.”
Joining Womack in the cast is Oliver Farnworth as Scott, with further casting yet to be announced.
The show previously ran at Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse) where it opened to mixed reviews.
The extensive tour opens on 21 January 2019 in Milton Keynes and will travel to Cheltenham, Southampton, Richmond, Southend, Leicester, Liverpool, Wolverhampton, Edinburgh, Salford, Bath, Glasgow, Northampton, Dartford, Coventry, Nottingham, Shrewsbury, Dublin, Belfast, Brighton, Sheffield, Norwich and Guildford.