By Madeline Boardman
August 19, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
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The cast of the big-screen adaptation of The Girl on the Train is coming together, with Rebecca Ferguson now in talks to join Emily Blunt as two of the bestseller’s female leads. But there are still a few big roles left to fill, including Tom — the ex-husband of Rachel (Blunt) and current husband to Anna (Ferguson).

Paula Hawkins’ celebrated novel follows Rachel, an unreliable narrator who becomes a little too involved with the lives of the couple she spies from afar during her daily train ride. She’s also dealing with the end of her marriage — Tom’s new life with Anna appears idyllic, but Rachel soon learns that it is far more complicated.

While The Girl on the Train is currently without a release date, we figured there was no better way to pass the time than by dream casting the role of Tom. Ahead, five stars we think might be just right for the part.

The BAFTA winner is primed for his next big role after completing work on the upcoming thriller Victor Frankenstein. Scott perfected his sinister stare in the time he spent playing criminal mastermind Jim Moriarty on Sherlock and is having a bit of a moment with additional work in the adaptation of Swallows and Amazons, the next James Bond movie Spectre, and 2016’s Alice Through the Looking Glass.

The man who played Bane is due for a return to the dark side after leading Mad Max: Fury Road to its critically acclaimed debut alongside Charlize Theron earlier this year. The British star is as busy as ever in the coming months with roles in Legend, The Revenant, and BBC miniseries Taboo, but could join Blunt and Ferguson in The Girl on the Train in 2016.

Whishaw continues his role as Q in this fall’s Spectre alongside Scott, and stars with Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, and Amber Heard in Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl. Whishaw has BAFTA awards and nominations to his name, and has taken his film career to the next level in recent years with additional credits in the star-studded Suffragette and Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea.

Ireland native Turner earned his first film credit just seven years ago when he booked a role in the 2008 thriller Alarm. As he worked on TV shows such as The Clinic, Being Human and Poldark, the rising star made a name for himself as Kíli in The Hobbit series. Turner is poised for a big opportunity outside of The Shire.

Whishaw’s In the Heart of the Sea co-star Murphy could very well give him a run for his money. The stage and screen actor gained attention as Dr. Jonathan Crane and his villainous counterpart Scarecrow in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises. Murphy adds to his bad guy resume with his role of terrorist Jackson Rippner in 2005’s Red Eye.

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