If you were a preteen girl sometime between 1970 and, well, now, there’s a good chance you’ve read Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret—Judy Blume’s seminal coming-of-age novel.
In the 50 years since it was first published, the book has become a cultural touchstone. It’s often referred to as the novel about what it’s like to go through puberty as a young girl—from groan-inducing sex-ed presentations to the “Mom, I need a bra!” conversation. And now Blume’s story is coming to the big screen.
Back in 2018, Deadline revealed that Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret was officially in the works from Lionsgate. Here’s everything we know about the film so far.
When will the film be released? Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret will premiere in theaters on April 28.
How involved is Judy Blume? Blume famously rejected the film industry’s requests to adapt her stories for decades. However, she had a change of heart in 2018 and even solicited suggestions from her Twitter followers about which of her novels they’d like to see as films.
For Are You There God, Blume entrusted writer Kelly Fremon Craig (The Edge of Seventeen) to adapt the novel for the big screen.
Who’s in the cast? Newcomer Abby Ryder Fortson stars as the titular Margaret, while Rachel McAdams and Benny Safdie play Margaret’s parents, Barbara and Herb. A red-headed Kathy Bates appears in the film as Sylvia, Margaret’s grandmother.