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Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret first official trailer: Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates star

The first official trailer for the highly anticipated film version of Judy Blume’s beloved book Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret was shared on Thursday.

In the clip Hollywood heavyweights Rachel McAdams, 44, and Kathy Bates, 74, are seen bantering. The coming-of-age adaptation also introduces 14-year-old newcomer Abby Ryder Fortson as Margaret.

The two-minute-long promotional preview opens with a nod to the novel – which was originally published in 1970 – as a subtitle reads: ‘For over 50 years one iconic book has connected generations.’ 

New role: Rachel McAdams stars in the new trailer for Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret alongside newcomer Abby Ryder Fortson

It continues, ‘Now it’s finally coming to the big screen,’ as it simultaneously hones in on a private moment in which Fortson’s character Margaret sheepishly reviews her reflection in a full-length mirror.

Fortson is heard in a voiceover reciting the eponymous line, ‘Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret.’

Next she sits in an auditorium with her classmates as they settle in for a health class focusing on their ‘changing bodies.’

Icon: Hollywood heavyweight Kathy Bates also shines in the new teaser, released by Lionsgate

Icon: Hollywood heavyweight Kathy Bates also shines in the new teaser, released by Lionsgate

Her role: Rachel plays Barbara Simon, 11-year-old Margaret's mother in the forthcoming feature

Her role: Rachel plays Barbara Simon, 11-year-old Margaret’s mother in the forthcoming feature

The pre-teens are visibly perturbed as they learn about puberty and menstrual cycles via a presentation on a projector.

While b-roll from various scenes flash across the screen, the voiceover continues with Margaret pleading, ‘Please, just do this one thing for me.’

The main character is then shown on her knees with her hands in prayer position as she prays, ‘Just let me be normal and regular like everybody else. Just please, please, please, please…’

Kelly Fremon Craig wrote and directed the film, with a blessing from Judy, who’s now 84. 

Debut: The coming-of-age adaptation, based on the book by Judy Blume, introduces newcomer Abby, 14

Debut: The coming-of-age adaptation, based on the book by Judy Blume, introduces newcomer Abby, 14

Pleading: Margaret kneels with her hands in prayer position as she prays, 'Just let me be normal and regular like everybody else. Just please, please, please, please...'

Pleading: Margaret kneels with her hands in prayer position as she prays, ‘Just let me be normal and regular like everybody else. Just please, please, please, please…’

The trailer is soundtracked by the upbeat, guitar-driven 1970 tune What Is Life by George Harrison.

Another clip shows Margaret blushing as a young boy with a short, curly afro waves to her while he cuts the lawn, highlighting one of life’s relatable flowering moments.

Then a dialogue between the young girl and a friend leads to the character setting out to obtain her first bra.

‘I decided I want you to join my secret club. If you want to be in the club then you have to wear a bra,’ the female friend stipulates.

She is moving on to adulthood: She starts to think that she might want to wear a bra

She is moving on to adulthood: She starts to think that she might want to wear a bra

Getting used to her new digs: In the family friend's home she is living in for the summer she has fun in her own room

Getting used to her new digs: In the family friend’s home she is living in for the summer she has fun in her own room

Learning new things: She is uprooted from her life in New York City for the suburbs of New Jersey, going through the messy and tumultuous throes of puberty with new friends in a new school

Learning new things: She is uprooted from her life in New York City for the suburbs of New Jersey, going through the messy and tumultuous throes of puberty with new friends in a new school

Margaret’s face becomes awash with embarrassment as she musters up the courage to ask her mom, Barbara (Adams), for permission, only for her to reply: ‘Do you think you need one?’ 

This all takes place after Margaret is abruptly moved out of New York City, leaving behind her beloved grandmother (Bates).

She and her mom move to the suburbs of New Jersey, where they’re both faced with adapting to new surroundings and a new way of life.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret was a break-through bestseller and was selected in 1970 by The New York Times as the Outstanding Book of the Year.

Full circle moment: Blume was on set during the filming of the iconic scene in which Margaret and her friends chant 'we must, we must, we must increase our bust!' in hopes of fast-tracking the growth of their bosoms

Full circle moment: Blume was on set during the filming of the iconic scene in which Margaret and her friends chant ‘we must, we must, we must increase our bust!’ in hopes of fast-tracking the growth of their bosoms

This is the first time that author Judy has permitted a film adaptation of her literary work and she is a producer on the film.

She was also on set during the filming of the iconic scene in which Margaret and her friends chant ‘we must, we must, we must increase our bust!’ in hopes of fast-tracking the growth of their bosoms.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret will be released this spring, hitting theaters on April 28.

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