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Rachel McAdams is bringing this classic coming-of-age story to the big screen

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Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me is being adapted for the big screen, and Rachel McAdams is set to star in it.

The last time we saw Rachel McAdams on our screens, she was singing absolute belters including Double Trouble and Husavik with Will Ferrell in last year’s unexpected Netflix hit, Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga

You might also have recently revisited her breakout role as Regina George in Mean Girls, or her enchanting turn as Allie in beloved romantic drama The Notebook, which are both currently streaming on Netflix as well. 

With such iconic roles under her belt, we’re always excited to see what the Oscar-nominated actor is up to next. And her upcoming project doesn’t disappoint. 

Variety has confirmed that McAdams will star in the film adaptation of Judy Blume’s coming-of-age novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Considering that Blume has always famously refused to adapt her published work, this is a pretty big deal. 

Here’s everything we know about it so far…

What is Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret about?

First published in 1970, Blume’s young-adult novel tells the story of a sixth-grader, who has grown up without a religious affiliation due to her parents’ interfaith marriage, and is trying to navigate everything that life throws at a girl who’s just trying to be “normal”.

The official synopsis reads: “Life isn’t easy for Margaret. She’s moved away from her childhood home, she’s starting a new school, finding new friends – and she’s convinced she’s not normal. For a start she hasn’t got a clue whether she wants to be Jewish like her father or Christian like her mother.”

re You There, God? It's Me, Margaret book
Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume, is getting a movie adaptation starring Rachel McAdams.

It continues: “Everyone else seems really sure of who they are. And, worst of all, she’s a ‘late developer’. She just knows that all her friends are going to need a bra before she does. It’s too embarrassing to talk to her parents about these things. 

“So she talks to God instead – and waits for an answer…”

The book has been both challenged and celebrated for its frankness over the years, and it continues to be read by millions around the world today. 

Who stars in Are You There God? It’s Me?

Abby Ryder Fortson will play Margaret, while McAdams steps is portraying her mother, Barbara. Speaking about the casting, Blume – who is also a producer on the film – said: “Abby is funny and tender, strong yet vulnerable. She IS Margaret. 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.”

When is Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret released?

Filming is yet to start, so we’ll likely have to wait at least until next year for this one. But in the meantime, it’s a perfect opportunity to re-read or catch up with a book that so many women grew up with. 

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Hollie Richardson

Hollie is a digital writer at Stylist.co.uk, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…