MIDTOWN— As Star Wars fans embrace an awakening in the force, there is a new hero, or in this case, a heroine.
Not only is actress Daisy Ridley as Rey captivating on the screen, but she also is being viewed as role model off of it.
Eric Gioia remembers seeing the original trilogy as child with his father in queens. Friday morning, the 42-year-old showed up at a Kips Bay screening excited to share the force with his daughters, Amelia and Rosalee.
The outing he admits is one that a few years ago seemed unimaginable since Star Wars has had history of attracting male filmgoers.
"When I was a little boy I wanted to be Luke Skywalker, but now as a dad of daughters I look at them, and they love the movie, and I think they want to be Jedis too," Gioia said.
As for his daughters, 9-year-old Amelia had an appreciation that she was able to keep a family tradition going, "I think that it is nice that we are going down generations and generations and generations."
While some were getting introduced to the franchise, others were getting reacquainted.
"It was good to see all the characters you remember from when you were younger," said James Richardson after viewing the film.
Richardson along with other fans like Conway Ekpo skipped work to take part in the first full day day of the franchise.
"This is the day to tell my secretary I am coming in in the afternoon and to clear my schedule," Ekpo said.
Even President Barack Obama on Friday ended his end of year news conference by telling reporters he was going to see Star Wars.