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J.J. Abrams Wants You To Be In Star Wars: Episode VII - First Set Photo Revealed
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.21.2014

Superhero Hype reports that with production started for Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams has released a video from the Abu Dhabi set announcing a contest. The grand prize for one winner is a chance to be in the film. You can also see J.J. Abrams on set below.

Disney and Lucasfilm are working with UNICEF for "Star Wars: Force For Change", which helps the UNICEF innovation labs and all creative projects that help children in need. You can donate here. The more you give ($10 per entry), the more chances you have to win. There are also other prizes on each tier including an Episode VII screenplay signed by Abrams and an advanced screening of the film in your hometown. The film arrives on December 18, 2015.

Disney has already set aside $1 million to support the start of the initiative. The campaign/contest runs from 12:01 AM PT today until 11:59 PM PT on July 18.

The grand prize includes:

- Airfare and accommodations to London for one winner and a guest

- Behind-the-scenes access on the closed set of Star Wars: Episode VII as VIP guests of J.J. Abrams

- Winner will have the opportunity to meet members of the cast

- Winner and their guest will then be transformed by makeup and costume teams into a Star Wars character and filmed for a scene in Star Wars: Episode VII

Abrams said: "The Star Wars fans are some of the most passionate and committed folks around the globe. We're thrilled to offer a chance to come behind the scenes as our VIP guests and be in Star Wars: Episode VII. We're even more excited that by participating in this campaign, Star Wars fans will be helping children around the world through our collaboration with UNICEF Innovation Labs and projects."

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy added: "The Star Wars films were made through George Lucas's adventurous combination of technology and creativity. We wanted to honor and carry on that positive spirit as we start production on Episode VII and use Star Wars to make a difference in the world. Star Wars: Force for Change will help us do that, letting us give back to the fans who keep Star Wars alive, and raising much-needed funds for programs like UNICEF's Innovation Labs."

UNICEF's Innovation Labs helps create solutions for children in nutrition, water, health and education. The campaign will help fund "innovative, life-changing projects in communities around the globe."

UNICEF Senior Advisor on Innovation and co-Lead of the Innovation Unit, Christopher Fabian, said: "UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to help the world's most vulnerable children and young people identify solutions and create change. We work together with the greatest technologists and designers of our time to create open-source solutions that help millions of people. The support from Star Wars: Force for Change will help to bind these innovators together on a mission to solve the world's most pressing problems, and create a better future."


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