Rachel McAdams and Abby Ryder Fortson are set to star in “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” an adaptation of Judy Blume’s beloved book.
The Lionsgate movie will be written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig. The coming-of-age story centers on Margaret Simon, a sixth grader who is going through puberty and searches the universe for any answers she can find. It begins production in April.
“Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” was first published in 1970. For decades, Blume has been opposed to screen adaptions of her seminal work. But the upcoming version — and casting — comes with Blume’s blessing.
“Abby is funny and tender, strong yet vulnerable. She IS Margaret,” Blume said. “And Rachel — wow! — does it get any better? A funny, loving, sexy, real woman who is also a mom. I can’t wait to see these two playing mother and daughter. It all began with trusting Kelly and Jim and they’ve proven how much this project means to them, which means everything to me.”
Adds Freemon Craig, “Abby is the kind of extraordinarily rare talent that comes along once a generation. The minute she walked in the room, she knocked us off our feet with her humor, vitality, and instantly lovable presence. We knew we’d found Margaret. Together with Rachel McAdams’ exceptional talent for creating indelible characters that make you laugh out loud, bawl your eyes out, or both — there couldn’t be a better combination to bring Judy Blume’s much-beloved characters to life on screen.”
Blume will produce the film with James L. Brooks, Julie Ansell, Richard Sakai, Amy Brooks, Fremon Craig. Meredith Wieck and Chelsea Kujawa are overseeing the project for the studio.
McAdams, whose prolific career includes “The Notebook,” “Mean Girls” and “Spotlight,” recently starred opposite Will Ferrell in Netflix’s comedy “Eurovision Song Contest.” She’s appearing next as Dr. Christine Palmer in “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.”
Fortson is best known for her role in the Marvel movie “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” where she portrayed the daughter of Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang. She has also appeared in “A Dog’s Journey,” “Forever My Girl” and the Duplass brothers’ shows “Togetherness” and “Room 104.” Fortson will act next in the film “Rated,” which is written and directed by her father, John Fortson.
Fortson is represented by Wendi Green at Atlas Artists and attorney Alex Kohner. McAdams is represented by WME, Magnolia, and Hirsch Wallenstein.
Entertainment Weekly first reported the news.