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Luke Evans stars in 'The Girl on the Train.' (Photo: Universal Pictures)

Well, of course they aren’t, they’re in the film. You don’t bite the hand that feeds you. But, to be honest, British actor Luke Evans, who portrays Scott (the husband of the missing woman), isn’t all that convincing in his below testimonial regarding the location change in the film adaptation of Paula Hawkins‘ novel The Girl on the Train. He seemed a bit surprised himself when realizing by page 15 of the script that it was no longer set in the U.K.

We’re not going all conspiracy theory or anything, but we would expect the actors are going to politely say everything is all good in the hood. I personally would have preferred the story remain in London and the English countryside like in the book. While moving the location to New York and an American suburb doesn’t change the story itself, it does impact the landscape and what we’re seeing as a viewer. Also, the move from the U.K. to the U.S. does change characters’ dispositions, like how someone acts while commuting, or relationships, for example being friendly with neighbors (or not knowing your neighbors).

Haley Bennett, who portrays the missing woman, talks about the necessary elements to tell the story, saying, “You need a train. You need to be commuting from suburbia to the city.”

That’s a very simple breakdown, but we get what she’s saying: the basic plot points are still in place.

Emily Blunt, who takes on the title role, appears in the below clip. She talks about her appreciation for the “perfection of the cookie-cutter white picket fence houses” that an American suburb brings:

Hawkins herself was asked about handing her novel over to Hollywood in an interview that came out today (October 10). She told the Wall Street Journal, “Of course I was nervous. You want it to be good, and you hope that it’s going basically to leave a similar impression on viewers as you do on readers.”

The author considers the movie a separate piece of work from the book and advises fans not get too hung up on any changes. That is a good way to approach an adaptation.

Did the location change in Girl on the Train trip you up? 

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By Brigid Brown