Safdie will play Margaret’s father, Herb. Other cast members who have been previously announced to have joined the team are Abby Ryder Fortson (Ant-Man) who will be playing Margaret Simon, and Rachel McAdams was also tapped to play Margaret’s mother, Barbara. Katy Bates (Richard Jewell), will play Margaret’s grandmother Sylvia.
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, will be based on the novel of the same name by Judy Blume, a coming of age story about a sixth-grade girl (Margaret) who has grown up without a religious affiliation, due to her parents’ interfaith marriage. The book follows Margaret’s one-sided conversations with God in which she discusses not only the changes she’s going through, but her search for a religion that feels right.
Just in time for Women’s History Month, beloved author Judy Blume has finally greenlit Lionsgate to bring the classic girl’s rite of passage novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaretto the big screen. Since its publication in 1970, the iconic author has consistently denied Hollywood the rights to a movie, but now that Blume is nearing her mid-80s (though you’d never know it), she has decided we’re worthy of what’s sure to be a cinematic masterpiece:
So which of my books, kids and/or adult would you want to see adapted for series or movie? I ask because I’m in LA meeting with many talented people. I think the time has come.
If you’re not familiar with the book (you must read before the premiere), it’s a coming-of-age YA story of a sixth-grade girl’s search for god as she navigates the shaky grounds of puberty. With a Christian mother and Jewish father who choose not to raise Margaret religiously, and a group of friends who seem to be growing up much faster than she, neither feat proves easy for our outspoken little protagonist. The book has been updated several times since it’s original release to cater to the modern reader, but the heart of it remains a timeless classic nonetheless. After all… we will probably, unfortunately, always get our periods.
The film will be directed by the same woman responsible for the epic Edge of Seventeen film, Kelly Fremon Craig, who is an avid fan of Blume’s and is quite confident that she is the best one for the job of taking Margaret to the screen. This is all we know for now, but check back soon for updates, like who will play the leading lady!
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