What To Expect From It Ends With Us, Sony Pictures Releasing
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Colleen Hoover is a big name in the book world. She primarily writes novels in the romance and young adult fiction genres with her most well-known book being It Ends With Us, which was released in 2016. She has 24 total novels and three short stories, with the majority of her novels being in one of her four series.

And now, her most famous novel is hitting the big screens. Curious about what to expect It Ends With Us? While many are excited to see the story unfold on screen, some might not be as thrilled.

While she has a large career in writing, that doesn’t mean she’s had an easy career. Colleen Hoover has recently been the target of controversy with her writing. Many fans find it odd that she tends to romanticize toxic relationship behavior, and that she also blatantly ignores these conversations, with many readers saying she’s “tone deaf” to these serious issues. Nonetheless, the movie will be released this summer, so here’s what to expect from It Ends With Us.

Warning: The content below might not be suitable for all audiences. Both the book and movie talk about topics of domestic violence and abuse.

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A Brutal, Yet Raw Plot

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Since It Ends With Us is based on the 2016 book by Colleen Hoover, it’ll follow the same plot that was inspired by Hoover’s father and mother. Hoover described this book as the hardest one she’s written, as she grew up in an abusive household.

The story will center around the love story between Lily and Ryle and deals with domestic violence and the cycle of violence. Lily unfortunately grew up with an abusive father, and Ryle ended up becoming violent throughout their marriage. When Lily has a surprise encounter with Atlas, after years of not seeing him, she finds a potential escape from the violence.

Sneak Peek at the Trailer

Right away the trailer opens up to intense lyrics in a quiet background, hinting at what’s to come later in the film. From Lily’s flower shop to Ryle’s introduction to her, it seems heartwarming and beautiful, but it quickly makes a turn as viewers can see the abusive side of the story.

From throwing things to the manipulative apologies, the movie will be heavy. On the other side, we see a beautiful reconnection of Atlas and Lily, along with their childhood romance that shows a calmer side to romance, a beautiful story laced with hard topics.

A Surprising Cast

Let’s find out what to expect from It Ends With Us regarding the cast members now. The controversy doesn’t stop at just the book and Hoover’s acknowledgment of her writing though. The movie has also gotten some backlash already. Fans aren’t enjoying the fact that the cast is older than the book characters. However, Hoover has come forward to explain that she should have written the novel, not as a young adult book, which was popular during the time of publishing, but as believable ages, older ages.

The cast includes Blake Lively as Lily Bloom, a well-known actress for her amazing performances in titles like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Accepted, Gossip Girl, Savages, and The Age of Adaline.

Ryle Kincaid is played by Justin Baldoni, an actor, filmmaker, and author. He’s best known for his roles in Jane the Virgin and his time on children’s TV show, Zack & Cody. He also has directed Five Feet Apart and Clouds.

Brandon Sklenar will be playing Atlas Corrigan, Lily’s old flame who promised to come back for her. His known roles are in the TV series 1923 and Westworld, and once again fans are not excited to see him on screen, as they were hoping for someone younger and more “gentle”, like Jacob Elordi.

Other roles include Jenny Slate as Allysa Kincaid, who played in shows like Parks and Recreation and Obvious Child. Hasan Minhaj is Marshall.

The Release Date

While It Ends With Us was supposed to be released on February 9 2024 initially, after two pushed dates, it’s not set for August 9, 2024.

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Final Thoughts

Colleen Hoover is a storyteller who enjoys diving into harsh topics. While she might not be everyone’s cup of tea, there are many who are still excited to see the movie unfold.

The movie is just a couple of months away, which means it’s time to get excited for the romance that unfolds and watch as Lily learns that there’s more to love than hurt and breaks the cycle of abuse.