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Feature film production takes over downtown Monroe

A small army of people took over downtown Monroe Monday to work on the film adaptation of a classic Judy Blume novel

MONROE, N.C. — WCNC Charlotte was on set for the Lionsgate feature adaptation of Judy Blume’s classic novel, "Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret".

A small army of camera operators, actors, classic cars, and people talking into radios invaded downtown near the historic courthouse Monday afternoon. 

The coming-of-age story was first published in 1970. The film follows Margaret Simon (Abby Ryder Fortson), a sixth-grader who is questioning everything about adolescence and puberty, is searching the universe for whatever answers she can find. 

The movie also stars Rachel McAdams as Mother, and the grandmother is played by Kathy Bates.

"This is awesome for our city," said Pete Hovanec, Monroe Tourism Director. "Organized chaos. Everybody knows what they're supposed to be doing. This is one day, so everything you see here filming around us, they're just filming one day."

The feature film has been in production around the Charlotte area since April. 

Lionsgate hopes to release the final cut sometime next year. 

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