Actress Blake Lively (“Gossip Girl,” “A Simple Favor”) and actor Justin Baldoni (“Jane the Virgin”) have been teamed up to star in the Sony and Wayfarer Studios film adaptation of “It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover, TheWrap confirmed.
Baldoni will direct with a screenplay adapted by Christy Hall. Deadline reported for the first time the news.
“It Ends With Us” is one of several Colleen Hoover novels that have swept Booktok with over 2 billion views on her TikTok hashtag. Other works like Hoover’s “Verity” received the same treatment, making Hoover the current best-selling novelist in the United States. Five of the 10 best-selling printed books of 2022 were by Hoover.
“It Ends With Us” was the best-selling printed book of 2022, has been on the New York Times Bestseller list for more than 90 weeks. A prequel novel titled “It Starts With Us” arrived in October 2022.
Hoover is a consultant on the film. The book was optional by Baldoni and Wayfarer Studios in 2019.
Alex Saks will produce for Saks Picture Company, with Jamey Heath producing for Wayfarer Studios. Lively and Hoover are executive producing with Steve Sarowitz, Andrew Calof and Baldoni on behalf of Wayfarer, which is also co-financing. Hall also produces.
Lively recently directed Taylor Swift’s 2021 music video for “I Bet You Think About Me,” in which an angry red-clad Swift haunts a confused Miles Teller. The video earned two ACM Award nominations and a CMA nomination.
She will also reprise her role as Emily Nelson in the sequel to “A Simple Favor” in which she starred alongside Anna Kendrick. Paul Feig will return to direct.
Baldoni is known for playing the role of Rafael Solano on The CW’s “Jane the Virgin.” Since then, he has directed and produced films like “Clouds” and “Five Feet Apart”.
Vacuum first confirmed the adaptation of “It Ends with Us” under Baldoni and Wayfarer Studios on Instagram in July 2022.