According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jared Leto and Chris Evans are in talks to join the high-wattage cast of The Girl on the Train, DreamWorks’ adaptation of the Paula Hawkins best-seller.
Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson and Haley Bennett are already on board the project, which centers on Rachel (Blunt), a woman who’s jobless and an alcoholic and who spends her daily train ride fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple living in a house that she passes. After coming home one night covered in blood and unable to remember much from a blackout drinking episode, she begins to realize that she may have witnessed or been involved in a crime.
Ferguson is playing Anna, the former mistress and current wife of Rachel’s ex-husband. Bennett is set to play Megan, a married neighbor with whom Rachel becomes obsessed. Evans would play Tom, the ex-husband, and Leto would play the neighbor’s husband, but sources say one stumbling block to an eventual deal is scheduling for both actors.
Tate Taylor is directing the project, which has a script by Erin Cressida Wilson. The Girl on the Train is scheduled to start filming later this Fall for a 2016 release.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount has nabbed Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Rebecca Ferguson. Promo footage for the project screened to buyers Friday at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival. The Pathe and BBC film, now in post-production, is helmed by Frears from a screenplay by Nicholas Martin. Paramount will distribute the film in the States, with a source saying the studio plans to release it in 2016.
The project is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins (Streep), a New York heiress and socialite who pursued her dream of becoming a great opera singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Her “husband” and manager, St. Clair Bayfield (Grant), an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944, St. Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge.
According to Heroic Hollywood, Rebecca Ferguson is at the top of Marvel’s list to play Captain Marvel, in their first female-centric superhero movie. Rumors have previously linked Emily Blunt (who’ll next star in The Girl On The Train opposite Ferguson) to the part. The site also says that Rebecca might’ve withdrawn from consideration for the female lead in Gambit, potentially to pursue bigger opportunities, like her own Marvel franchise. More on this (exciting rumor!) when available.