Benny Safdie Joins 'Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret' Adaptation

Benny Safdie
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The 'Uncut Gems' co-director and actor will play Margaret's father, Herb, in the Lionsgate film.

Lionsgate has tapped Benny Safdie to star in Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, an adaptation of Judy Blume’s classic novel of the same name.

Safdie, who recently boarded the series Obi-Wan Kenobi, will play Margaret's father, Herb. The film now in production is written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, who is reteaming with James L. Brooks and his Gracie Films banner for the project. They collaborated on the film The Edge of Seventeen.

Ant-Man star Abby Ryder Fortson was earlier named to play Margaret Simon and Rachel McAdams was tapped as her mother, Barbara, in Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. And Kathy Bates is to play Margaret’s grandmother, Sylvia.

Blume's novel, first published in 1970, tells a coming-of-age story about Margaret Simon, a sixth grader who is questioning everything about adolescence and puberty, and is searching the universe for whatever answers she can find. Her mother and grandmother, trying to guide Margaret through a time when everything is changing, also find that you never stop questioning your path and defining what is meaningful in your life.

Safdie will also appear in Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film opposite Bradley Cooper, and in Showtime’s TV series The Curse, with Emma Stone and Nathan Fielder. He recently starred in the feature Pieces of a Woman.

As a writer-director, his most recent film, Uncut Gems, starred Adam Sandler and earned $50 million at the box office. Meredith Wieck and Chelsea Kujawa are overseeing the project for Lionsgate.

Safdie is repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment.