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The It Ends With Us coloring book might have met an early end, but the It Ends With Us movie is just beginning. Deadline reports that Yellowstone prequel 1923 star Brandon Sklenar will play Atlas in the film adaptation of Colleen Hoover’s best-selling BookTok favorite. This means that the central love triangle has now been cast, since Hoover confirmed at the start of the year that Blake Lively and Justin Baldoni would star as main couple Lily and Ryle, whose romance devolves into domestic violence. “I think that Justin Baldoni and Blake Lively have what it takes to bring these characters to life and I cannot wait for you guys to see that happen,” Hoover said in an Instagram video announcing the news. “I’m going to do my best to sneak y’all as much footage as I can without getting kicked off the set. I’m so excited, y’all.”
Per Deadline, I Am Not Okay With This writer Christy Hall is adapting the script for the screen. Meanwhile, Baldoni is doing triple-duty: In addition to starring in the cast and directing, he will also executive produce alongside Lively and Hoover. The It Ends With Us movie is currently in development with Wayfarer Studios and Sony Pictures. According to Hoover, the original book is “loosely inspired” by her mom, who “got us out of a scary situation” when she was young. Fittingly, Hoover returned to her childhood home to film her casting announcement. “The little girl who used to sleep in that bedroom thanks you for all the support,” she said.