The Girl on the Train — the upcoming film adaptation of the Paula Hawkins novel — tells the story of a woman reeling from her recent divorce who becomes embroiled in a mystery surrounding a seemingly perfect couple she sees on her daily commute. The movie, which is based on an adapted script by Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary, Men, Women, and Children) has been busy putting together an impressive cast on its road to production.
Thus far, Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow, Sicario), Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation standout Rebecca Ferguson, and Haley Bennett (Marley & Me, The Equalizer) are already onboard as cast members for Girl on the Train. Now it sounds like two big more big names may be joining the project in the near future.
According to Variety, Chris Evans and Jared Leto are in early talks to join The Girl on the Train. Negotiations are still taking place, and schedules are reportedly being worked out. However, if the pair do officially sign on, Evans and Leto would play the husbands to the characters played by Ferguson and Bennett, respectively. Blunt, meanwhile, is lined up to play the film’s protagonist, while Ferguson is also taking on a key role in the narrative.
Evans, of course, is best known as Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a role he’ll reprise next year for Captain America: Civil War. Meanwhile, Leto is set to follow up his Oscar-winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club as the Joker in Warner Bros. and DC’s Suicide Squad. Of course, both actors have proven considerable range beyond the superhero genre over the years (see, for example, Evans in Snowpiercer) and would certainly prove to be assets to The Girl on the Train.
Girl on the Train is the latest project from director Tate Taylor (The Help, Get On Up) and could easily emerge as a breakout hit when it does arrive in theaters. After all, David Fincher’s Gone Girl was similarly adapted from a best-selling mystery thriller and emerged as an awards contender as well as a critical and commercial hit, back in 2014.
With the talent that The Girl on the Train is putting together, there’s reason to suspect that this film could reach the same level if Taylor and Wilson are able to successfully translate the novel to the big screen. If you’ve already read the source book, feel free to let us know if you think Evans and Leto are good fits for The Girl on the Train, in the comments section below.
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