Blake Lively to Star in Colleen Hoover’s ‘It Ends With Us’ Book Adaptation

Blake Lively to Star in Colleen Hoover’s ‘It Ends With Us’ Book Adaptation

Blake Lively to Star in Colleen Hoover's 'It Ends With Us' Book Adaptation

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Colleen Hoover’s 2016 novel It Ends With Us has over 200,000 ratings on Amazon, averaging 4.5 stars out of 5. And the story is now on its way to the big screen. In an Instagram video posted Thursday, Hoover revealed that Blake Lively will play Lily Bloom, a small-town florist, and Justin Baldoni will play Ryle, the neurosurgeon she falls in love with. Baldoni is also directing the film. No release date was given.

“Blake Lively, y’all,” Hoover says in the video. “It’s my dream Lily.”

Not everyone was as enthusiastic as Hoover.

“Blake Lively being cast as Lily Bloom in It’s Ending Us is confusing because the character is 23 in the book and Blake is 12 years older??? like they couldn’t have gotten someone else. ‘age appropriate,’ one person wrote on Twitter.

Others seemed to think Lively, who is perhaps best known for her performances on the TV show Gossip Girl and the 2010 crime drama The Town, was down to starring in the film.

“Blake baby please don’t associate with this trash you’re too good for this,” one person wrote.

Another said: “Blake Lively really agreed to play a florist named Lily Blossom Bloom, be so serious.”

The book deals with domestic violence, and in the video, Hoover showed fans the house his mother moved to with her family when Hoover was four. She praised her mother for “getting us out of a scary situation” and bringing the family home. Hoover has been open about how his father’s abuse of his mother inspired It Ends With Us.

Hoover has sold more than 20 million books, and It Ends With Us was the best-selling print book of 2022, reports Variety, appearing on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 90 weeks.

There were plans for an It Ends With Us-themed adult coloring book, but publisher Atria Books canceled that project earlier this month after backlash due to the book’s serious themes.

“The coloring book was developed with Lily’s strength in mind, but I can absolutely see how tone deaf it was,” Hoover wrote on Instagram on Jan. 11.


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