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The Girl on the Train: Luke Evans replaces Jared Leto

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There’s been another arrival and departure for The Girl on the Train.

Welsh actor Luke Evans has joined the cast of the psychological thriller based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel, filling the void left by Jared Leto, who previously circled the part but had to bow out for scheduling reasons. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

Leto is the second actor to exit Train, following Chris Evans, who was recently replaced by Justin Theroux.

Directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) and adapted by Erin Cressida Wilson, The Girl on the Train stars Emily Blunt as a lonely divorcée who gets caught up in a mystery involving a seemingly perfect couple whose house she passes on her daily train ride. The cast also includes Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, and Edgar Ramirez. Evans will portray Bennett’s character’s husband, who becomes a suspect after her disappearance.

The actor previously played the villain in Fast & Furious 6 and the title role in Dracula Untold, and he’s costarring as Gaston in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast remake.

DreamWorks and Disney will release The Girl on the Train next fall.

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