Justin Baldoni on Decision to Age Up Characters in It Ends With Us

Three days after the It Ends With Us trailer took the web by storm, director and star Justin Baldoni is opening up concerning the response and a number of the most buzzed-about modifications from the ebook to the film.

The movie, starring Baldoni, Blake Vigorous and Brandon Sklenar, is tailored from Colleen Hoover’s hit novel of the identical identify and follows Lily Bloom (Vigorous), a lady who overcomes a traumatic childhood to embark on a brand new chapter. Alongside the way in which she sparks an intense reference to charming neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid (Baldoni), however she begins to see sides of him that remind her of her mother and father’ relationship.

On the Los Angeles premiere of The Garfield Film on Sunday, Baldoni — who’s an government producer on the animated movie — spoke concerning the response to the trailer, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “Rightfully so, there was simply a variety of anticipation and other people I feel feeling uncertain of what it’s going to be. It’s actually exhausting to take a ebook that’s beloved and likewise essential for lots of social causes and switch it into a movie, and it was sort of the primary time anybody was seeing what we have been truly making for the final 5 years. I’m grateful that individuals see the love and care and the eye that has gone into it from soup to nuts and that we actually honored the ebook, I consider.”

One of many largest modifications within the movie adaptation, which has additionally gotten probably the most backlash on-line, is the characters have been aged up — when the ebook begins out, Vigorous’s character is simply 23. Baldoni defined the choice to make the characters older within the movie, noting, “Initially Colleen had written this over 10 years in the past, and it was a time when everybody was writing YA and he or she wished the characters to be older.

“For us, it was simply extra about making the story extra common, as a result of this isn’t only a story a few younger lady, it’s a narrative about ladies, and it doesn’t discriminate,” he added. “So for us it was extra about ensuring that as many individuals as potential may perceive and relate to the characters and what Lily was experiencing.”

The trailer additionally acquired loads of buzz for that includes Taylor Swift‘s track “My Tears Ricochet,” however Baldoni factors to Vigorous, Swift’s BFF, for touchdown the track. “I take no credit score for that, I’m certain that was all Blake,” he teased. The Sony movie hits theaters Aug. 9.