Blake Lively Taking the Lead in Adaptation of Colleen Hoover's 'It Ends With Us'

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Close up of Blake Lively smiling
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Blake Lively debuted a new red hair look via Instagram for her role in the upcoming adaptation of It Ends With Us, and it's all fans can talk about. Many people are intrigued with what the star offers, while others aren't pleased with the casting. 

Why Fans Have Mixed Feelings

She's starring as Lily Bloom opposite Justin Baldoni, who'll play Ryle Kincaid while directing the movie. It Ends With Us is an adaptation of Colleen Hoover's 2016 bestseller of the same name. 

While there's no doubt about Lively, 35, and Baldoni's, 39, talents, fans aren't sure they're the right age to play fresh university graduates. 

Hoover Has No Problem With The Casting

Colleen Hoover
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Meanwhile, Hoover is ecstatic at the casting choice and expressed that much on her socials. The bestselling author posted a video of herself thanking her mother for inspiring the story. Then, Hoover revealed that Lively is her dream Lily.

There'll Be Modifications

Hoover chose Baldoni as the director and lead actor because he has everything she requires of the character, Ryle.

She's most stoked about Lively being Lily for the movie adaptation. As with other adaptations before, we suspect some modification to the script, like aging up the characters to fit the actors.

Everyone Is Excited

Colleen Hoover announcing the cast for 'It Ends With Us'

Baldoni is equally excited to direct and star in the movie as he reposted Hoover's celebratory video.

What To Expect From The Script

Colleen Hoover's It Ends With Us
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It Ends With Us follows Lily, a 23-year-old fresh college graduate who moves from her small town to Boston and falls in love with a neurosurgeon, Ryle. Although Ryle is opposed to relationships, he forms a bond with Lily, and they start dating until her ex, Atlas Corrigan, comes into the picture.

The Production Companies

Sony Pictures picked up the production and distribution alongside Wayfarer Studios and Saks Picture Company. It Ends With Us seemed like a good option since it was the top-selling print book of 2022.

Back To Work

A pregnany Blake Lively in a mini black dress
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It Ends With Us would mark Lively's return to the big screen following her recent pregnancy. Before that, she starred in the critically acclaimed A Simple Favor, and reports of a sequel came up last year.

Where You Know Him From

Close up of Justin Baldoni
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Her co-star Baldoni is famous for his work on Jane the Virgin and his direction of the 2019 romantic drama, Five Feet Apart.

Lively Ignores The Comments

Lively didn't respond to the backlash about her age but she showed fans her dedication to her craft with her new hair hue. Check it out above.