J.J. Abrams Says He Hopes Star Wars: The Force Awakens Is More Inclusive: Both Boys and Girls Will See 'Themselves in It'
ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosThe Force will officially awaken in a mere 17 days, and director J.J. Abrams is opening up about what fans of Star Wars can expect from the franchise reboot – something for everyone!
“Star Wars was always a boys thing and a movie that dads took their sons to,” Abrams said during a Monday appearance on Good Morning America, “and though that’s still very much the case, I was really hoping this could be a movie that mothers take their daughters to as well.”
Abrams, himself a huge fan of the galaxy far, far away, said he hopes kids who watch The Force Awakens see “themselves in it.”
“And see they’re capable of doing things they could never imagine possible,” he added.
The 49-year-old, who initially turned down the gig as director (“I thought maybe it’d be better just to go to the theater and see it like everybody else”), said there’s a reason he and the cast have kept mostly mum about the upcoming installment’s plot.
“I don’t want to obviously ruin the movie for people and it’s so important to us that we not give too many details and sort of oversell it,” he admitted, “which is very hard with a movie like Star Wars.”
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The director would, however, discuss his inspiration: Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who has remained absent from the bulk of The Force Awakens promotional materials thus far.
Abrams said he was struck by the idea that the character would be unbeknownst to today’s young adults, and exist as merely a myth to many.
“Not really knowing who he is or who these characters were was the beginning of what became the story of the film,” Abrams told GMA.
While Abrams wouldn’t divulge in exactly what capacity Skywalker will appear in the film, Hamill recently told Empire that Luke is at a “very different time in his life.”
“There are lots of surprises in this movie. You’re going to love it,” Hamill said, also alluding to spending significant time filming alone for the new movie.
Regardless of Hamill’s role, Abrams said on Monday that the film has an “extraordinary cast” and fans can expect to leave screenings feeling just as special as the big screen stars.
“What I hope more than anything is that it’s something … that tells them that life is full of sort of unlimited possibilities,” Abrams said of younger audiences. “That they feel better when they leave than when they got in there.”