When Is the ‘It Ends With Us’ Movie Release Date? Plus, Cast Deets, BTS Pics and More

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If you're a fan of Colleen Hoover's best-selling romance novel, It Ends With Us, you've likely been counting down the days until it hits theaters. Thankfully, per Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures and Wayfarer Studios, the movie adaptation of the book, directed by Justin Baldoni, is coming to cinemas even sooner than expected—February 9, 2024, to be exact. Although production is currently on pause due to the ongoing writers' strike, it's been confirmed that fans will meet Lily Bloom, Ryle Kincaid and the rest of the gang early next year.

We couldn't be more excited to see the über-popular novel get translated to the screen, but in the meantime, we have loads of questions. How will the plot be adapted for the film? Who will be playing all the lead roles? And most importantly: Do we have any sneak peek photos yet? Here’s everything we know about the It Ends With Us film adaptation.

1. What Is the Plot of It Ends With Us?

Hoover's 2016 novel, which was inspired by her mother's real-life story, follows Lily, a college graduate who meets and falls for a charming neurosurgeon named Ryle. The two pursue a romantic relationship, but their happily-ever-after comes to a halt when Lily's ex, Atlas, comes strolling back into her life.

Christy Hall wrote the screenplay for the film, and although Hoover wasn't involved in the writing, she thinks that devoted fans of the book will be satisfied. “I think that people are going to be very pleased,” Hoover told TODAY. “I’m very pleased.”

And as far as any plot changes that occurred, Hoover felt these were necessary as well: “As an author, we make mistakes,” she added. “I love that there’s discourse surrounding it, I do.”

2. Who Is in the Cast of It Ends With Us?

In the film adaptation, Blake Lively stars as Lily, Baldoni plays Ryle, Brandon Sklenar plays Atlas, Jenny Slate plays Allysa and Hasan Minhaj plays Marshall.

After the cast was announced, several fans weren't happy that the characters were aged up. (Lively, 35, is playing Lily even though she's 23 years old in the book. And Baldoni, 39, is playing 30-year-old Ryle.) However, Hoover explained that the characters should've been older to begin with.

During her appearance on TODAY, she said, “Back when I wrote It Ends With Us, the new adult (genre) was very popular. You were writing college-age characters. That's what I was contracted to do. I made Lily very young. I didn't know that neurosurgeons went to school for 50 years. There's not a 20-something neurosurgeon.”

She continued, “As I started making this movie, I'm like, we need to age them out, because I messed up. So that's my fault.”

3. Is There a Release Date?

Yes, It Ends With Us is set to hit theaters on February 9, 2024.

However, due to the simultaneous WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, there could ultimately be a delay in the film’s release. Filming on the adaptation began in May 2023, but was halted due to the writers’ strike. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film was slightly over halfway being done filmed when the whole production went on pause.

It was during this pause that the movie’s release date was announced, and as THR reports: “Production is hoping to resume filming once the strike is over, and the February release date suggests they are confident it will be completed on time.”

Blake Lively filming 'It Ends With Us.'
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4. Are There Any Behind-the-Scenes Photos?

Back in May 2023, Lively was spotted on the streets of New York City filming for the adaptation. In a number of shots, the Gossip Girl actress is seen holding a brown paper bag while rocking strawberry blonde hair (her character, Lily, has red hair in the novel.) She also sported a plaid coat and sweatpants.

Other shots from that same day featured Lively filming with her co-star, Sklenar (who you may recognize from the Yellowstone prequel, 1923). You can check out all of those behind-the-scenes photos here.

We'll be counting down the days until February 9.

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