Good news for fans of It Ends With Us! The team developing the film has set a release date much sooner than expected!
Director, executive producer and star Justin Baldoni has revealed the film adaptation of Colleen Hoover’s best-selling novel will be out February 9, 2024.
That’s only seven months people! Seven months until we get to see Justin portray neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid, Blake Lively as lead Lily Bloom and Brendan Sklenar as Atlas Corrigan. Jenny Slate was also officially announced as a cast member in May. She’ll play Ryle’s sister Allysa.
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.
“When this project came along I wasn’t aware of this book or the tremendous impact it has had on women all over the world in helping them to have the strength to change their lives,” Brandon shared after his casting was announced in April.
“This is something very personal to me. The amount of women I’ve known who have been victims of abuse is staggering. It is our intention that this film continues to spread the vital message of this book; for women to feel empowered and men to be better. I’m honoured to be a part of it. Thank you Sony. Thank you Justin. Thank you Colleen Hoover.”
Colleen is equally excited to see her impactful words turned into a movie:
“Cannot wait for this. Loving the cast so far. Feels like a dream,” she writes on Instagram.
Put it in your diaries friends. The official release date for It Ends With Us is February 9, 2024.
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).
Haven’t read the book yet?
Let this be your sign to jump on board! The book falls under the contemporary romance category and follows the life of young entrepreneur Lily Bloom who falls for Ryle Kincaid, just as her former love Atlas Corrigan reappears.
Colleen has also written a sequel, It Starts With Us, which explores the aftermath of the original book and Lily’s relationships with both Kyle and Atlas. Again, the book deals with themes of domestic violence, pain and fear, but also new starts, love and hope.
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