DreamWorks’ thriller adaptation THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN has become ripe with high-profile casting reports, as stars board and exit the project left and right. Now rising star and leading man Luke Evans has been tapped for a key role, a part that Jared Leto was once circling. Leto had to depart citing scheduling conflicts and Evans has stepped into the prominent role.
Evans joins an impressive cast consisting of Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Allison Janney, Haley Bennett and Edgar Ramirez. Evans will be playing the husband of Megan (Bennett), who becomes a suspect after her disappearance.
Leto wasn’t the only actor to depart, as Theroux joined the project in October to assume a role initially circled by Chris Evans.
Based on the NY Times bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins, the story centers on Rachel (Blunt), a recent divorcee who spends her daily train-ride fantasizing about the perfect couple who live in a house that she passes each day, that is until she witnesses a shocking offense, tangling her into the mystery that follows.
Tate Taylor directs the adaptation, based on a script from Erin Cressida Wilson. Marc Platt is producing, while Jared LeBoff and Celia Costas executive produce.
Evans most recently starred as Bard the Bowman in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit series and played the titular vampire prince in Dracula Untold. He next stars as Gaston in Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and The Beast, which hits theaters March 2017.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor