It Ends With Us: See Brandon Sklenar and Blake Lively’s Chemistry in First Pics as Atlas and Lily

It Ends With Us stars Brandon Sklenar and Blake Lively were spotted filming the movie adaptation of Colleen Hoover's novel. See the first photo of the actors together as Atlas and Lily.

By Lindsay Weinberg May 19, 2023 12:06 AMTags
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Atlas Corrigan has a map straight to our hearts. 

The beloved It Ends With Us book character is finally being brought to life, as actor Brandon Sklenar was spotted on the New York set of Colleen Hoover's best-selling novel adaptation on May 18.

Brandon transformed into Atlas—the first love of protagonist Lily Bloom (Blake Lively)—by wearing jeans, a white shirt and a Western suede jacket while filming a scene with the actress that put their chemistry on display.

At one point, his rugged chef character was photographed hugging it out with Blake, who was dressed in a warm purple plaid jacket and wore her freshly dyed red hair down in casual waves. 

"Though coming from a complicated past, Lily Bloom has always known the life she wants," according to the film's synopsis. "While living in Boston, she meets neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid and believes she may very well have found her soul mate. Soon, however, questions arise about their relationship, and to complicate matters her high school love interest, Atlas Corrigan, comes back into the picture, putting her relationship with Ryle in jeopardy."

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Jane the Virgin alum Justin Baldoni will step into the role of Ryle and is also directing the movie, while Jenny Slate will play as his sister Allysa. Author Colleen recently praised the comedian as "one of the most talented humans," writing on Instagram earlier this month, "I can't even believe she'll be in this movie."

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Other details about It Ends With Us remain more secretive—namely, who, as Justin put it, with strong "resemblance" to Blake will play young Lily. He announced last month that the team had finally cast an actress in the role following extensive search and open casting call, but has yet to share her identity. 

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See more photos from It Ends With Us here and keep reading to check out more books being turned into movies and TV shows. 

The Idea of You

Based On: The 2017 novel of the same name by Robinne Lee
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Nicholas Galitzine, Ella Rubin, Reid Scott and Annie Mumolo
Premieres:  May 2 on Prime Video
Why We're Excited: One of the most anticipated adaptations of 2024, the film follows 40-year-old single mom Soléne who happens to catch the eye of twenty-something British boyband sensation Hayes at Coachella. Cue a swoon worthy—and very steamy—love story. As if that wasn't enough to have us seated, the star-crossed lovers are played by none other than Hathaway and Galitzine.

Bridgerton Season 3

Based On: Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (Bridgerton #4)
Starring: Nicola Coughlan, Luke Newton, Claudia Jessie, Luke Thompson, Golda Rosheuvel, Adjoa Andoh, Ruth Gemmel, Simone Ashley, Jonathan Bailey, Polly Walker, Julie Andrews and more
Premieres: Part 1 on May 16, Part 2 on June 13
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It Ends With Us

Based On: Colleen Hoover's 2016 novel of the same name.
Starring: Blake Lively, Justin Baldoni, Brandon Sklenar, Jenny Slate, Hasan Minhaj
Premieres: In theaters August 9
Why We're Excited: Two words: Blake Lively. Okay, two more words: Love triangle. Centered around a florist named Lily Bloom, the book is a riveting tale of love, strength and the complications of relationships.

Heartstopper Season 3

Based On: Heartstopper, Volume 3 by Alice Osman
Starring: Joe Locke, Kit Connor, William Gao, Yasmin Finney, Corinna Brown, Kizzy Edgell
and Tobie Donovan
Premieres: October 3
Why We’re Excited: As season two ended with Charlie about to say three important words to Nick, the next installment picks up with their relationship growing and changing along with them. Prepare for more adorable doodles—a sweet nod to the graphic novels—but also heartfelt conversations about mental health, love and teenage growing pains. 

Wicked 

Based On: The Broadway play of the same name and Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
Starring: Ariana Grande, Cynthia Erivo, Jonathan Bailey, Michelle Yeoh, Jeff Goldblum, Ethan Slater, Marissa Bode, Peter Dinklage, Bowen Yang, and Keala Settle
Premieres:
Part 1: November 27, 2024; Part 2: November 26, 2025
Why We’re Excited: Look no further than the cast list, for starters. Add in that it’s the iconic Broadway musical—based, of course, off the Wizard Of Oz prequel tome—split into two rousing parts and we are booked and busy for the next two Thanksgiving weekends.

Nightb--ch

Based On: the 2021 novel of the same name by Rachel Yoder
Starring: Amy Adams, Scoot McNairy, Ella Thomas, Mary Holland, and Zoe Chao
Premieres: December 6
Why We're Excited: Adams is a stay-at-home mom who thinks she’s turning into a dog. Need we say more? Well, the psychological comedy horror of it all deepens as her husband, often traveling for work, dismisses her fears leading her to turn to a group of fellow moms who are involved in both MLMs and something possibly more sinister.

The Perfect Couple

Based on: the 2018 best-selling novel of the same name by Elin Hilderbrand
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Live Schreiber, Dakota Fanning, Eve Hewson, Billy Howle, Meghann Fahy, Ishann Khattar, Jack Reynor and Omar Eps.

Premieres: TBD
Why We’re Excited: Here’s your official invitation to a Nantucket wedding that some might just kill for. This six-episode murder mystery drama sees a lavish wedding weekend on the Massachusetts island take a turn after a dead body washes up on the beach the day of the ceremony—and everyone is suddenly a suspect. With an ensemble cast, Nicole Kidman and Meghann Fahy, a hurricane of drama is about to grace our screens.

Kay Scarpetta

Based On: Patricia Cornwell's mega-popular series of the same name that has 26 books in total
Starring: Nicole Kidman and Jamie Lee Curtis
Premieres: TBD on Amazon Prime Video
Why We're Excited: If it's based on a book and Kidman stars in it, we will binge the s--t out of it. (See: Big Little Lies, Nine Perfect Strangers, The Undoing and the fact that this is her second appearance on this list.) Add in that the Oscar winners will be playing crime-fighting sisters and it's already become our favorite new show of the year.