Colleen Hoover’s fans had a mixed reaction to Blake Lively and Justin Baldoni’s first look photos on set It ends with us.
In January, it was announced that Lively and Baldoni had been cast in the lead roles in the film adaptation of the author’s popular romance novel.
gossip Girl Star Lively, 35, will play Lily Bloom, 23, who has just moved to Boston to start life after college, alongside Baldoni, 39, who will play her 30-year-old lover, Doctor Ryle Kincaid.
Several behind-the-scenes pictures were shared on social media on Monday (May 15) showing Lively in costume wearing a pink jacket over a pink shirt and a brown maxi dress.
The reactions to the photos were divided. Some fans said they were upset at the differences between Lively’s image and what they had in mind. Some complained that Lively predated the character described in the book by more than a decade.
“I think most of us weren’t excited about this casting, but it kind of confirms fears,” one TikToker said in a video. “Let me just say that I love Blake Lively — I love her so much — but that’s not Lily Bloom.”
Sharing additional photos of Lively on set, the fan continued, “Maybe we just have to trust the process, but I just hate that they decided to make the cast so much older than the characters were in the book.”
“I just wouldn’t picture Lily and Ryle like that. I don’t know, we’ll see, but so far it doesn’t look too promising.”
In another TikTok video, someone else said they were “at a loss for words.”
“We were already wondering what the film would look like with the cast. “Blake is a great actress, but Lily is supposed to be a young, fresh girl starting her life in Boston,” she argued. “The wig, the outfit, none of it resembles a young girl in her twenties starting life in the big city.”
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A Twitter user commented on the photos, saying, “I mean, Lily wasn’t a fashion icon, but that’s too much.”
“I read the book and this is clearly not what I had in mind,” wrote a second.
Hoover published It ends with us in 2016, but it’s only more recently that the book has seen a surge in popularity, due in part to its prominence in the literary circles of TikTok (colloquially referred to as “BookTok”).