November 30, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST

“I am your father” may be the iconic Star Wars line, but J.J. Abrams is more interested in mothers for his new film in the franchise. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens director stopped by Good Morning America on Monday to talk about the upcoming release, and how he’s hoping it won’t just be a “boy’s thing.”

Star Wars was always a boy’s thing,” Abrams said. “I was really hoping this could be a movie that mothers could take their daughters to as well.”

In the interview, Abrams also confirmed that he at first refused the offer to direct the new Star Wars film, saying that it was a franchise he so revered that he “thought it would be better just to go the theater and see it like everyone else.” After talking to producer producer Kathy Kennedy, however, Abrams said the opportunity was  “too delicious and too exciting to pass up.”

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters Friday, Dec. 18.

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