One of the most famous books about growing up and facing your awkward years in the middle of a revolutionary decade will come to the screen. Are you there, God? It’s Margaret has been a prolific piece of pre-teen literature and has been adapted into a feature by a filmmaker with another “confused youth history” under his belt, Kelly Fremon Craig, who has explored more contemporary themes with The Edge of Seventeen with the wonderful in the main role Hailee Steinfeld.
Here we get newcomer Abby Ryder Fortson, who takes on the unenviable task of showing young vulnerability in a constantly changing world. She is surrounded by a cast of notable award-nominated and winning actresses, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates.
The official synopsis from Lionsgate reader,
For over fifty years, Judy Blume’s classic and groundbreaking novel Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret. has influenced generations with its timeless coming of age story, insightful humor and honest exploration of life’s biggest questions. In Lionsgate’s big-screen adaptation, 11-year-old Margaret (Abby Ryder Fortson) is uprooted from her life in New York City to the suburbs of New Jersey, where she goes through the messy and tumultuous process of puberty with new friends at a new school. She depends on her mother, Barbara (Rachel McAdams), who is also struggling to adjust to life outside the big city, and her adoring grandmother, Sylvia (Kathy Bates), who is not happy that they moved away and likes to reminding them every chance she gets. The film also plays a part Benny Safdie (Licorice pizza, Good time) and is written for the screen and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig (The Edge of Seventeen), based on the book by Judy Blume and produced by Gracie Films’ Academy Award® winner James L. Brooks (Best Picture, 1983 – Terms of Endearment), along with Julie Ansell, Richard Sakai, Kelly Fremon Craig, Judy Blume, Amy Lorraine Brooks, Aldric La’auli Porter and executive produced by Jonathan McCoy.
James L. Brooks is a producer famous for comedies about the human condition with other credits such as As good as it gets and Broadcast News.
Are you there, God? It’s Margaret is ready to go to the cinema April 28.