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The Force Awakens for Star Wars fan's "young Padawans"

Sophie and Elise Duxbury are glad their dad Warren Duxbury is a huge Star Wars fan. He worked on the Attack of the Clones movie in Sydney and advocates the importance of girls in big ticket movies like Star Wars.
Sophie and Elise Duxbury are glad their dad Warren Duxbury is a huge Star Wars fan. He worked on the Attack of the Clones movie in Sydney and advocates the importance of girls in big ticket movies like Star Wars. Max Fleet

EVERY young Jedi has a moment in their life when they feel the true power of the Force.

The year was 1982 when life-long Star Wars fan Warren Duxbury watched in awe as Luke Skywalker had his awakening on Dagobah in the Empire Strikes Back when he met, and was trained by, Yoda.

AND now 33 years later Mr Duxbury believes the release of Episode VII: The Force Awakens will be that moment for his own two young Padawan learners.

Luke, Leia, Han and Chewy will be on the big screen, and after growing up watching the quartet battle the Empire, Mr Duxbury has no doubt

Elise and Sophie will love seeing them in the new movie.

Mr Duxbury had watched the trailers for Episode VII countless times in the lead-up to the film's release and after studying every second of them he hoped his daughters Elise (9) and Sophie (6) will be inspired by one of the new characters.

The arrival of a new hero has had him anticipating the influence the story will have on his two young apprentices.

Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, is seen in one of the trailers scavenging parts from an Imperial Star Destroyer and talking to Han Solo in the Millennium Falcon, giving indication she will play a pivotal role in the movie.

Mr Duxbury said he loved the interaction between the characters, and how human some of the droids and other species felt, and he was hooked to Star Wars from the start and he hoped his daughters would enjoy the same feelings this time around.

"It's really exciting to see how much of a role Rey plays as a strong-female character," Mr Duxbury said.

"This new movie is more inclusive, and it will be great to see a female (hopefully) conquering the galaxy."

It has been 10 years since Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith was screened and while it might seem like a long time between films for the Star Wars fans, Mr Duxbury understands why it had taken so long time.

He said he worked on Episode II: Attack Of The Clones in the droid and creature department for Fox Studios in Sydney, and he knew how the entire crew wanted the latest film to be perfect so they can enjoy it as much as the fans.

"Watching Attack Of The Clones was great because a lot of it was done on green screen and we couldn't see how the rest of the scene looked," Mr Duxbury said.

"Now I cannot wait to see The Force Awakens."

The Force Awakens opens nationally with midnight screenings tonight and is expected to be the largest grossing movie of all time.

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