The actor takes the part that was initially earmarked for Jared Leto
The Girl on the Train, Dream Works adaptation of the hit book, is adding Luke Evans to the cast. The actor has stepped into the shoes that were to be worn by Jared Leto, whose deal never took due to a scheduling issue.
Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett and Edgar Ramirez are all on board for the movie, which will begin shooting this week.
Leto is the second actor whose involvement with Train went off the rails due to scheduling. In Oct, Justin Theroux joined the cast in a part that was initially earmarked for Chris Evans.
Train is Dream Works adaptation of the best seller by Paula Hawkins and sees Blunt playing a troubled woman an alcoholic whose husband left her for his mistress who becomes fascinated by a seemingly perfect couple whose home she passes while riding the train. But after she thinks she witnesses a murder, she begins to realize that she may have been involved in the crime.
Evans will now play the husband of a neighbor Bennett that goes missing.
Marc Platt is producing the movie, which will be executive produced by Jared LeBoff and Celia Costas.
The Help helmer Tate Taylor is directing from a script by Erin Cressida Wilson.
Evans played the villain in Fast & Furious 6 and starred as Bard the Bowman in Peter Jackson The Hobbit movies. He portrays Gaston in Disney live action rendition of Beauty and the Beast which is set for a March 2017 release.