Judy Bloom’s favorite novel, “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” is almost ready to hit the big screen. Lionsgate released the first trailer on Thursday.
“Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” is written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, best known for her 2016 feature directorial debut “Edge of Seventeen.” The movie closely follows the plot of the original Bloom novel, which focuses on 11-year-old Margaret Simon, a sixth grader who moves with her parents from New York City to Fairbrook, NJ, a child of an interfaith marriage. A Jewish father and a Christian mother — Margaret struggles with her relationship with religion and prays to God frequently despite living in a secular household. The book follows Margaret as she goes on a spiritual journey, while adjusting to her new surroundings and dealing with the onset of puberty.
Upon publication, “Do You Exist? It’s Me, Margaret” was an immediate success, making the New York Times list of outstanding books of the year and was highly regarded for its frank portrayal of childhood. The book’s exploration of sexual and religious themes led to censorship and banning. Bloom refused to allow adaptations of the novel until 2018, when he awarded the rights to Freman Craig and James L. Brooks, who produced the film through his banner Gracie Films.
Abby Ryder Fortson, who plays Casey Lang in Marvel’s “Ant-Man” film series, plays Margaret, while Rachel McAdams and Benny Safdie play her parents and Kathy Bates plays her grandmother Sylvia. Craig executive produces with Jonathan McCoy and Zarin Rossiter, while Brooks produces with Julie Ansell and Richard Sakai. The film will be presented by Lionsgate.
“Are you there God? It’s Me, Margaret” premieres in theaters on April 28. Watch the full trailer below.