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New “Star Wars” movie will make play for female audience, J.J. Abrams says

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Actors John Boyega, Lupita Nyong'o, Daisy Ridley, and director J.J. Abrams. (Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

The new Star Wars movie is making an unprecedented play for female viewers, director J.J. Abrams told Good Morning America on Monday. Abrams said he decided to make a woman one of the protagonists in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in order to attract moms and daughters to movie theaters.

Star Wars was always a boys’ thing and a movie that dads take their sons to, and though that’s still very much the case, I was really hoping this could 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 never imagined possible.”

The seventh Stars Wars movie — and first in the new trilogy — will include actress Daisy Ridley as the character Rey, whom Ridley described as “a scavenger in a ship graveyard” on the desert planet Jakku, and is “completely self-sufficient and does everything for herself, until she meets another character and an adventure begins.”

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