TAMPA (CBS Tampa) – The new “Star Wars” movie is sure to have enough “pew pews” and “fwoosh fushwoon nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn” to satisfy every boy and the inner child of every man who sees it.

But what will it offer for those seeking a more feminine influence?

Well, director J.J. Abrams has you covered.

“‘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 this could be a movie that mothers could take their daughters to, as well,” he told ABC’s Good Morning America.

The director said that through the filmmaking process, he was committed to making “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens” friendlier for female fans.

He said he cast Daisy Ridley as Rey, the main protagonist, because he wanted to provide a role model for girls and young women.

Abrams said that he remembers the magic of seeing the very first “Star Wars” movie when he was 11 years old. His hope for the latest chapter of the sci-fi saga is that mothers will bring their daughters to the theater.

“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,” he explained.

“Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens” opens in theaters on Dec. 18.

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