Blake Lively, famous for her roles in Gossip Girl and The Age of Adaline, is confident that fans of Colleen Hoover's novel It Ends With Us will deeply connect with the upcoming film adaptation, scheduled for release on August 9. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lively, who plays Lily Bloom in the film, discussed her commitment to respecting the cherished book and its devoted fan base. 'Some people will always prefer the book, and others the movie, but I believe we did our best to honor both,' Lively stated. 'If you haven't read the book, the movie stands on its own,' she continued, 'and if you've read the book and then watch the movie, I believe you wouldn't be disappointed. We really put a lot of effort into that.' Directed by Justin Baldoni, who also appears in the film, It Ends With Us chronicles Lily Bloom's path from a troubled childhood to chasing her dreams. Along her journey, she meets neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid (played by Baldoni) and reunites with her first love, Atlas Corrigan (Brandon Sklenar), leading to emotional intricacies similar to her parents' relationship, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Lively stressed the significance of connecting with fans who have treasured Hoover's narrative for years. 'This story has deeply resonated with many, so there's a significant responsibility that comes with that,' Lively explained. 'You want to honor the character and the story while bringing authenticity and humanity to the portrayal,' she added. Reflecting on her role as Lily Bloom, Lively expressed pride and gratitude. 'I'm just so proud of this film and to be part of it,' she said, adding, 'It was an honor to portray Lily, and I'm excited to share this journey with Colleen and the fans. It's truly special.' Screenwriter Christy Hall, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at the Tribeca Festival, reiterated Lively's views on the dedication to preserving the essence of It Ends With Us. 'We worked tirelessly to do justice to this beautiful book,' Hall said.