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It Ends with Us starring Blake Lively and Justin Baldoni

During a trailer release party, IT ENDS WITH US author Colleen Hoover revealed her book fans were involved in the screenwriting phase. The author served as the Executive Producer and was involved in the adaptation starring Baldoni and Blake Lively as Lily Bloom. She explains why Justin Baldoni (Jane the Virgin) was the right filmmaker to bring her novel to the big screen.

Published in 2016, the IT ENDS WITH US novel has sold over one million copies worldwide. The story centers on Lily Bloom, a woman who overcomes a traumatic childhood and opens a flower business. Lily falls for charming neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid (Baldoni) but Lily begins to see sides of Ryle that remind her of her parents’ relationship. When her childhood love, Atlas Corrigan (Brandon Sklenar), reappears in her life, things become more complicated.

Hoover revealed the story was influenced by her personal experience with her father's abuse of her mother.

A few dozen Colleen Hoover fans gathered at the Sony Studios in Los Angeles for a first look at the new trailer on May 6. Following the trailer, Hoover took questions from influencer fans.

Baldoni surprised the crowd after the Q&A. The two revealed that a handful of fans had a hand in crafting the cinematic adaptation. The script, written by Christy Hall, was shown to those fans and they provided notes. "Justin listened," Collen said of Justin's collaboration with book fans.

Baldoni also revealed that Hoover gave him notes on set. Hoover also has a cameo in the movie.

IT ENDS WITH US opens in movie theaters on August 9.


Synopsis:

IT ENDS WITH US, the first Colleen Hoover novel adapted for the big screen, tells the compelling story of Lily Bloom (Blake Lively), a woman who overcomes a traumatic childhood to embark on a new life in Boston and chase a lifelong dream of opening her own business. A chance meeting with charming neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid (Justin Baldoni) sparks an intense connection, but as the two fall deeply in love, Lily begins to see sides of Ryle that remind her of her parents’ relationship. When Lily’s first love, Atlas Corrigan (Brandon Sklenar), suddenly reenters her life, her relationship with Ryle is upended, and Lily realizes she must learn to rely on her own strength to make an impossible choice for her future.

Directed by Justin Baldoni and produced by Alex Saks, Jamey Heath, and Christy Hall. The film stars Blake Lively, Justin Baldoni, Jenny Slate, Hasan Minhaj, Amy Morton and Brandon Sklenar, from a screenplay by Christy Hall, based on the book by Colleen Hoover.

Directed by: Justin Baldoni

Screenplay by: Christy Hall

Based on the book by: Colleen Hoover

Produced by: Alex Saks, Jamey Heath, Christy Hall

Executive Producers: Steve Sarowitz, Justin Baldoni, Andrew Calof, Blake Lively, Andrea Ajemian, Colleen Hoover

Cast: Blake Lively, Justin Baldoni, Jenny Slate, Hasan Minhaj, Amy Morton and Brandon Sklenar

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