Kathy Bates (Richard Jewel) has joined Kelly Fremon Craig’s upcoming adaptation of Judy Blume’s classic novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. She will star alongside Abby Ryder Fortson (Ant-Man and The Wasp) and Rachel McAdams (Game Night).
Bates will play Sylvia, Margaret’s beloved grandmother. Fortson will play the title role of Margaret, a young girl who is coming of age and navigating life while McAdams will play her mother Barbara.
First published in 1970, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret follows “Margaret Simon, a sixth grader who is questioning everything about adolescence and puberty, and searching the universe for whatever answers she can find. With her mother and grandmother trying to guide her through a time when everything is changing, they too find that you never stop questioning your path and defining what is meaningful in your life.”
“Kathy Bates has given us so many memorable, iconic characters,” said Craig. “Whether it’s comedy or drama, she is perpetually captivating on-screen. I’m thrilled to employ her extraordinary talents on this film I care so much about.”
“We’re thrilled to be working with a talent like Kathy. As she joins Abby [Ryder Fortson] and Rachel [McAdams], Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret will be a special multi-generational movie-going moment and the kind of entertainment that really creates a chance for mothers, daughters, and granddaughters to celebrate what it means to grow up and come of age,” said Lionsgate’s Erin Westerman.
Craig has written the script and will direct and produce alongside James L. Brooks, Julie Ansell, Richard Sakai, Amy Brooks and Blume.
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