Why 'The Girl On The Train' Is Not 'Gone Girl'

by Rachel Simon

When two bestselling books, both featuring unreliable female protagonists whose lives involve violence and mystery, become movies, the comparisons are inevitable. Yet while it's perfectly natural to think that the new film The Girl on the Train is basically just a rehashing of Gone Girl , that's not the case, at all. While the central question surrounding Gone Girl, the 2012 hit by Gillian Flynn that turned into an Oscar-nominated 2014 film, was what happened to lead character Amy Dunne, the mystery around Girl on the Train isn't what happened to Rachel Watson, but what did Rachel Watson do — and how bad did it get. Speaking to Bustle during Girl on the Train's New York press day, the movie's stars explain how their movie is no Gone Girl wannabe, and what they really think about those comparisons.

"I don't think it's anything like the film Gone Girl, apart from the name 'girl' in the book title," says Luke Evans, who stars as Scott in Girl on the Train. "It's always nice to be compared to a hugely successful film, but i don't think it's at all like it."

Echoes Justin Theroux, who plays Tom, "[There are] certain narrative techniques that are used in the film and in the book as well which i think are unique to it, and in that way make it separated enough that it doesn't feel like, 'oh, Gone Girl, and now we're making this one because that's the obvious next.'"

Stars Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, and Edgar Ramirez also add their two cents into the mix — and as you can see in the video above, all of them feel strongly that calling their film a Gone Girl ripoff is a disservice to the totally unique (if still dark and creepy) story they've helped create.