Why J.J. Abrams Wants Your Mom to See 'Star Wars'

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams doesn’t want to give in to the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” hype that has inundated fans and observers everywhere, from social media to toy shelves, over the past year ahead of its debut.

“Here’s the thing: I obviously don’t want to ruin the movie for people,” director Abrams explained Monday on “Good Morning America.” “It’s so important to us that we not give too many details and over-sell it, which is very hard in a movie like ‘Star Wars.'”

Short teasers, repurposed trailers and speculation have dominated the chatter about the hotly anticipated film, but very few details have been confirmed. But what’s obvious is how the franchise has evolved nearly 30 years after the events of “The Empire Strikes Back.” Moviegoers will find a diversified set of heroes in female lead Daisy Ridley as Rey and black actor John Boyega as Finn.

Abrams said that he hopes a new generation of fans will be able to identify with the new characters.

“‘Star Wars’ was always a boys thing and a movie that dads could take their sons to, and though that’s still very much the case, I was really hoping that this would be a movie that mothers could take their daughters to as well,” he said. “I’m looking forward to kids seeing this movie and seeing themselves in it and seeing that they’re capable of doing things that they could never imagine possible.”

Adding, “What I hope is that they see a movie that tells them that life is full of unlimited possibility. That there’s an incredible sense of, to use a George Lucas term, hope in the world. And that they feel better when they leave than when they got in there.”

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