Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret Trailer Show Iconic Judy Blume Book Brought to Life - PEOPLE

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Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret is successful theaters April 28

Published connected January 12, 2023 01:24 PM

One of Judy Blume's astir celebrated novels is yet getting the movie treatment.

On Thursday, Lionsgate released the archetypal trailer for Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, an adaptation of writer Blume's celebrated 1970 caller of the aforesaid name, starring Abby Ryder Fortson arsenic the titular 11-year-old, with Rachel McAdams arsenic Margaret's ma Barbara and Kathy Bates arsenic Margaret's grandma Sylvia.

The movie is written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, who made 2016's The Edge of Seventeen. It besides stars Elle Graham and Benny Safdie.

The trailer shows Margaret arsenic she prays for assistance with encounters with puberty and caller classmates arsenic she tries to acceptable successful in a caller town, each portion her parent Barbara enactment to support afloat arsenic well.

At a caller school, Margaret and her peers larn astir puberty, acquisition bras and feminine hygiene products for the archetypal time, acquisition their archetypal kisses, and daydream astir beingness astatine 19, teases the trailer, which is acceptable to George Harrison's iconic 1970 opus "What is Life."

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While Margaret deals with a caller school, Barbara is inactive "finding her ain footing successful a caller place," and grandma Sylvia tries to find "happiness successful the adjacent signifier of her life" arsenic her loved ones determination away, according to an authoritative synopsis.

Though Margaret and Barbara person moved away, "questions of identity, one's spot successful the world, and what brings meaning to life" gully each of the 3 characters "closer unneurotic than ever before."

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McAdams, 44, recently told PEOPLE she was thrilled to person the writer connected acceptable during the making of the film.

"Watching her ticker her publication travel to beingness and to beryllium a portion of that was conscionable truthful surreal," she said. "She's the loveliest woman and I felt precise honored to beryllium portion of this for that reason. That she waited so, truthful agelong to bash this until she felt truly bully astir giving it over. I conscionable wanted to bash close by her and springiness her the champion Barb I could."

Bates, 74, added, "The publication is evidently astir a young miss who is becoming a young pistillate and she's embracing her womanhood. And I deliberation women passim past person been taught to consciousness negatively astir their bodies and astir the processes that their bodies spell through. I deliberation this movie volition assistance young women consciousness amended astir their bodies."

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret is successful theaters April 28.