The original "Star Wars" took place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away -- and where the men seemingly outnumbered the women by a ratio of about 100:1, based purely on the number of female characters seen onscreen in the first three films.
But this time around, "Star Wars" doesn't look like such a boys' club anymore. And in an interview today (Nov. 30) on "Good Morning America," "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams had some interesting things to say about the power of representation and his hopes for the fandom's future.
In short, when the new movie hits theaters, he wants to see lots of girls in the audience.
"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," Abrams 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."
Of course, we have to dutifully point out that the lack of women onscreen hasn't exactly stopped girls from being avid "Star Wars" fans (or from showing up to the midnight showing of "The Phantom Menace" dressed in a full-body, bespoke Wookie suit, not that I have ever done that.)
But it's still nice to see Abrams actively courting a female audience -- and when the movie releases December 18, we're pretty sure you can expect to see girls of all ages making it a ladies' night out.