Blake Lively Will Lead the New Movie Adaptation of Colleen Hoover’s ‘It Ends with Us’

If you’re a member of the #BookTok community, then you’ve probably heard of author Colleen Hoover and her widely popular romance novel, It Ends with Us. 

Even though the book came out over six years ago (yup, six), the novel experienced a surge in popularity and it is currently being adapted into a movie. And now, ladies and gents, Sony Pictures has finally announced who will play the two main characters, Lily and Ryle.

According to Entertainment Tonight, actress Blake Lively, 35, will star as Lily Bloom, a recent college grad who moves to a small town in Boston in hopes of starting a new life. 

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Justin Baldoni, 39 (who you might recognize from Jane the Virgin) will direct the film and star opposite the Gossip Girl alum. He will portray Ryle Kincaid, a neurosurgeon she meets upon her arrival. 

Yesterday, Hoover celebrated the casting news with her followers on Instagram. While sitting in her car, the writer expressed her immense excitement for Lively taking on the role of Lily in the movie adaptation. “Our Lily is going to be played by Blake Lively. Blake Lively, y’all! She's my dream Lily,” she said in the video.

She went on to share details about her first encounter with Baldoni, saying, “Then, when I first met Justin Baldoni, who is directing the film for It Ends With Us, I immediately wanted him to be Ryle. I just thought that he had what it takes to play that character. The good news is he’s going to be Ryle. So, we have our Ryle and our Lily.”

At the end of the video, Hoover said that she can’t wait for Lively and Baldoni to “bring these characters to life” on the big screen.

We. Cannot. Wait. 

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