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Blake Lively and Justin Baldoni as their characters Lily Bloom and Ryle Kincaid in It Ends With Us, they are smiling at each other and holding microphones

‘It Ends With Us’: First Look, Release Date, Cast & More!

 Justin Baldoni has shared a first look at It Ends With Us, the highly anticipated film adaptation of Colleen Hoover’s novel of the same name – and yes, it looks a-mazing!

After taking some time off from social media, the star and director returned to Instagram to share a series of official photos from set with co-stars Blake Lively, Brandon Sklenar and Jenny Slate:

a close up of Justin Baldoni as Ryle Kincaid in 'It Ends With Us'. He has dark hair and wears a dark shirt

Justin Baldoni as Ryle Kincaid; Photo by Nicole Rivelli 

 

Justin Baldoni and Blake Lively as their characters in 'It Ends With Us'. They are in the dark and look like they are about to kiss

Justin Baldoni and Blake Lively as Ryle Kincaid and Lily Bloom; Photo by Nicole Rivelli

 

Jenny Slate and Blake Lively as their characters in It Ends WIth Us. They are in a flower shop, surrounded by floral arrangements

Jenny Slate as Alyssa and Blake Lively as Lily Bloom; Photo by Jojo Whilden

 

Brandon Sklenar and Blake Lively as their characters in It Ends With Us, seeing each other in a restaurant. He is a waiter and she is sitting at a table

Blake Lively as Lily Bloom and Brandon Sklenar as Atlas Corrigan; Photo by Jojo Whilden

 

Blake Lively stands on a rooftop balcony, her head slightly tilted in a scene from 'It Ends With Us'

Blake Lively as Lily Bloom; Photo by Nicole Rivelli 

 

Justin also shared two behind-the-scenes shots as director, one with his arm around author Colleen Hoover:

 

Justin Baldoni and Colleen Hoover on the set of It Ends With Us, both smiling

Colleen Hoover and Justin Baldoni; Photo by Jojo Whilden

 

Justin Baldoni serves as director on the set of It Ends With Us. He is sitting down and wearing headphones

Justin Baldoni; Photo by Jojo Whilden 

 

 

Who is cast in It Ends With Us?

Blake Lively stars as lead Lily Bloom opposite Justin as her love interest Ryle Kincaid, while Brandon Sklenar plays Atlas Corrigan, Lily’s school friend and first love.

Jenny Slate and Hasan Minaj have also been confirmed as cast members. She’s playing Ryle’s sister,  Allysa and he’s playing Marshall, Allysa’s husband and Ryle’s good friend.

Author Colleen said in a post on Instagram that she’s excited to see her impactful words turned into a movie by such a stellar cast: “Cannot wait for this. Loving the cast so far. Feels like a dream.”

 

What is It Ends With Us about?

The book, which explores themes of domestic violence, masculinity, jealousy, heartache and more, has been a huge online sensation. In January 2022, it debuted at #1 on the New York Times’ Best Sellers list and has been a consistent point of discussion on “booktok”, aka book-lovers on TikTok.

It follows the present day story of Lily, a young entrepreneur who grew up in an abusive home and falls for a neurosurgeon named Ryle, as well as the past story of Lily’s relationship with a homeless friend named Atlas. When Atlas reappears in her life years later, Lily finds herself navigating her relationships, and her heart.

 

When will It Ends With Us be released?

After initially slated for a February, 2024 release, the movie has set a new release date of August 9, 2024.

 

 

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Some important stats about gender-based violence:

According to global data released by the World Bank Gender Data Portal, 30% of women have experienced intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence – that’s around 736 million women around the world.

More than 1 in 4 women (26%) aged 15 years and older have suffered violence at the hands of their partners at least once since the age of 15 – that’s around 641 million according to the World Health Organisation.

And an estimated 245 million (or 10% of women ages 15 and above) have experienced intimate partner violence in the last 12 months alone (also per WHO).

(Feature Image Credit: Nicole Rivelli/Wayfarer Studios and Sony Pictures)

 


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Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.