Hollywood actor Rachel McAdams is set to star in `Are You There God? It`s Me, Margaret`, an adaptation of American writer Judy Blume`s coming-of-age book.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, the forthcoming film will also feature actor Abby Ryder Fortson, who will play Margaret Simon, a sixth-grade girl who is going through puberty and searches the universe for any answers she can find. McAdams is portraying Margaret`s mother, Barbara.
The movie, set up at Lionsgate, will be written and helmed by Kelly Fremon Craig. It is expected to begin production in April.`Are You There God? It`s Me, Margaret` was first published in 1970 and remains hugely popular among young readers.
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Blume has long been opposed to screen adaptations of her seminal work, a notable list that includes `Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing`, `Blubber`, `Forever` and `Tiger Eyes`.However, the upcoming adaptation, especially the casting, comes with Blume`s blessing.
Speaking about the forthcoming project, Blume said, “Abby is funny and tender, strong yet vulnerable. She is Margaret.”Blume added, “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”.
Blume will serve as a producer on the film, along with Fremon Craig and James L. Brooks, whose resume boasts a range of film and TV projects like `The Mary Tyler Moore Show`, `Taxi`, `The Simpsons` and `As Good as It Gets`.Craig and Brooks previously teamed up for the 2016 comedic drama `The Edge of Seventeen` with Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson.
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Producers also include Julie Ansell, Richard Sakai and Amy Brooks. Meredith Wieck and Chelsea Kujawa are overseeing the project for the studio.McAdams, whose acting credits include `The Notebook`, `Mean Girls` and `Spotlight`, recently starred opposite Will Ferrell in Netflix`s comedy `Eurovision Song Contest`.
She will next reprise her role as Dr Christine Palmer in Disney and Marvel`s `Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness`.Fortson is best known for the Disney superhero adventure `Ant-Man` and its sequel `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`s next film project will be the film `Rated`, which is written and directed by her father, John Fortson.
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