Author Colleen Hoover‘s best-selling novel, It Ends With Us, is heading to the big screen. Deadline reported on Thursday that Blake Lively and Justin Baldoni are set to star in the adaptation for Sony and Wayfarer Studios. Along with starring in the film, Baldoni will also serve as the director.
Baldoni and Wayfarer optioned the rights to Hoover’s novel back in 2019. The book continues to dominate the bestseller lists and is a phenomenon on BookTok on TikTok. Hoover’s hashtag on TikTok has been viewed over 2 billion times, and the novel has been on the New York Times Best Seller List for over 90 weeks and earned the title of the top-selling print book in 2022. Hoover, who currently has multiple titles on the bestseller list, will consult on the film adaptation.
Lively will play Lily, a young woman who is looking to start her life after finishing college, while Baldoni will play Ryle. As things begin to grow between Lily and Ryle and she finds herself falling for him, her ex, Atlas, soon appears to try and challenge their budding relationship.
Lively is best known for Gossip Girl. She’s set to make her directorial debut with the adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley‘s Second, with the script being penned by writer-director Edgar Wright. While Baldoini is perhaps best known for Jane the Virgin, although he has recently moved behind the camera with an adaptation of Five Feet Apart.