Blake Lively has officially signed on for the movie adaptation of Colleen Hoover’s #BookTok famous “romance” novel It Ends With Us—which means we have a lot to talk about.
The 2016 novel follows a successful small-business owner named Lily Bloom, who finds herself falling for the devastatingly handsome but controlling neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid. The book documents Lily's tumultuous marriage to Ryle as her childhood friend, Atlas Corrigan, reenters the picture.
Years after it was first published, It Ends With Us shot to the top of the bestseller list after it gained renewed popularity on TikTok, according to BuzzFeed News. In January 2023 Hoover held the top three spots on the New York Times paperback fiction bestseller list with It Ends With Us, the sequel, It Starts With Us, and her unrelated thriller, Verity. As of January 28, It Ends With Us has held its spot as a bestseller for 90 weeks.
Given its popularity, it was only a matter of time before it made its way to the big screen. Here's everything we know.
Who is involved? On January 26, Deadline announced that Blake Lively and Justin Baldoni (who you may recognize from Jane the Virgin) have been cast in the lead roles, with Baldoni also set to direct.
In an emotional Instagram video taken outside her childhood home, Hoover gave the news to her fans directly. “Our Lily is going to be played by Blake Lively. Blake Lively, y'all. She's my dream Lily,” Hoover confirmed. “When I first met Justin Baldoni, who is directing the film for It Ends With Us, I immediately wanted him to be Ryle.”
Shortly after the announcement was made, Lively made a rather cryptic Instagram post of her own, seemingly sharing a fresh brunette dye job.