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It Ends With Us Author Defends Blake Lively Casting Amid Backlash & Halted Production – TheFantasyTimes

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By Jitin Gambhir

It Ends With Us Author Defends Blake Lively Casting Amid Backlash & Halted Production


Colleen Hoover has defended the casting of Blake Lively as Lily Bloom in the movie adaptation of her book It Ends With Us. The book has been a massive hit, with over one million copies sold worldwide and translations in 20 languages. The film adaptation, optioned by Justin Baldoni in 2019, began production in May in New Jersey.

There was an immediate backlash towards the casting of Lively and even Baldoni, as both actors are significantly older than their respective characters. Hoover addressed the criticism in a new interview with Today‘s Jenna Bush Hager, explaining that it was a conscious effort to age the cast because of a mistake she made while writing the novel. Read her full quote below:

“Back when I wrote ‘It Ends With Us,’ the new adult genre was very popular. You were writing college-age characters. That’s what I was contracted to do. I made Lily very young. I didn’t know that neurosurgeons went to school for 50 years. There’s not a 20-something neurosurgeon. As I started making this movie, I’m like, we need to age them out, because I messed up. So that’s my fault.”

What Blake Lively’s Casting Means For The Movie

Blake Lively in 40's hair and makeup looks out the car window

For context, Lily is supposed to be 23 years old in It Ends With Us, while Lively is currently 35, over ten years older. It’s difficult to sell the idea that she’s just in her early 20s as in the novel. Now that Hoover has clarified that they have intentionally aged the characters in the It Ends With Us movie, fans may be more understanding of the casting choices.

Casting Lively in the It Ends With Us movie is also beneficial in terms of marketing the project. While there is backlash from book readers about her playing Lily, her involvement helps boost awareness for the project and the book it’s based on. Lively has a diverse acting portfolio, playing Serena in the original Gossip Girl and the titular character in The Age of Adaline. She’s also one of the most famous celebrities right now, which means that she has high marketability.

Production on It Ends With Us is currently on pause due to the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike. Despite book readers’ less-than-ideal reception to the movie’s casting, the project is moving forward.

Source: Today

Colleen Hoover defends the casting of Blake Lively as Lily Bloom in the movie adaptation of It Ends With Us. Released in 2016, the book has become a massive hit for the author, selling over one million copies worldwide and getting translated into 20 languages. In 2019, a film adaptation of It Ends With Us was optioned by Justin Baldoni, who not only directs the project but also stars in it as Ryle Kincaid, Lily’s abusive partner. Production on the It Ends With Us movie started in May in New Jersey.

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There was an immediate backlash toward the casting of Lively and even Baldoni, considering how both actors are significantly older than their respective characters. Hoover addresses the criticisms in a new interview with Today‘s Jenna Bush Hager, explaining that it was a conscious effort to age the cast because of a mistake she committed while writing the novel. Read her full quote below:

“Back when I wrote ‘It Ends With Us,’ the new adult (genre) was very popular. You were writing college-age characters. That’s what I was contracted to do. I made Lily very young. I didn’t know that neurosurgeons went to school for 50 years. There’s not a 20-something neurosurgeon. As I started making this movie, I’m like, we need to age them out, because I messed up. So that’s my fault.”


What Blake Lively’s It Ends With Us Casting Means For The Movie

Blake Lively in 40's hair and makeup looks out the car window

For context, Lily is supposed to be 23 years old in It Ends With Us. Meanwhile, Lively is currently 35, over ten years older. It’s difficult to sell the idea that she’s just in her early 20s as in the novel. Now that Hoover has clarified that they have intentionally aged the characters in the It Ends With Us movie, fans may be more understanding of the casting choices.

Aside from wanting to make amends for her writing mistake, casting Lively in the It Ends With Us movie is also beneficial in terms of marketing the project. While there is backlash from book readers about her playing Lily, there’s no denying that her involvement helps in boosting awareness for the project and even the book that it’s based on. Lively has a diverse acting portfolio, playing Serena in the original Gossip Girl and the titular character in The Age of Adaline. She’s also one of the most famous celebrities right now, which means that she has high marketability.

Production on It Ends With Us is currently on pause, but contrary to rumors swirling around, it is not because of the backlash that it has received thus far. Instead, it is due to the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike, where writers are trying to protest for proper compensation for their work. Therefore, despite book readers’ less-than-ideal reception to the movie’s casting, the project is still moving forward.

Source: Today

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