Both Chris Evans and Jared Leto are eyeing roles in The Girl on the Train movie
Two more stars are eyeing leading roles in DreamWorks’ upcoming adaptation of Paula Hawkins‘ runaway bestseller, The Girl on the Train, as The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that both Chris Evans (Marvel’s The Avengers, Before We Go) and Jared Leto (Suicide Squad, Dallas Buyers Club) have entered negotiations. They join the previously-announced stars Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow, Into the Woods), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Hercules) and Haley Bennett (The Equalizer, The Hole) in the Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up) film.
DreamWorks picked up the rights to The Girl on the Train movie in 2014 and had Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary) begin the adaptation process even before the novel was published in January by Riverhead Books and sold over 2 million copies worldwide. It was the #1 book on the New York Times bestseller list for 19 weeks following its release.
On Hawkins’ official site, The Girl on the Train is officially described as follows:
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Blunt is set to play Rachel with Evans up for the role of Rachel’s ex husband, Tom. Ferguson, then, is Anna, Tom’s new wife, while Bennett and Leto are to play a married neighbor couple that wind up inextricably tied to the plot.
It is noted in the original article that, while both Evans and Leto are keen to join the project, scheduling may ultimately force one or other to bow out.
The Girl on the Train movie will be produced by Marc Platt and Jared LeBoff for Marc Platt Productions.
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