Most fans who group up loving Star Wars dreamed of being in the movie. Guys envisioned Skywalker Jedi moves, while girls wanted the style of Princess Leia. Now, the chance to manifest these childhood fantasies can be made true thanks to Stars Wars: Episode VII director JJ Abrams.
“The Star Wars fans are some of the most passionate and committed folks around the globe,” Abrams said in a statement. “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.”
Wednesday, ABC’s Good Morning America aired a video shot on location in Abu Dhabi, where Abrams officially announced “Stars Wars: Force for Change.” The new initiative is dedicated to finding solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems with a campaign that will raise funds and awareness for the United Nations Children’s Fund’s Innovative Labs as well as other programs benefitting the world’s most vulnerable children. Disney has already committed $1 Million to the launch of the project.
But you have to give to get. Fans are invited to donate directly to the initiative via Omaze.com/StarWars and be entered for a chance to appear in Stars Wars: Episode VII. For each $10 contribution made through the Omaze fundraising platform, eligible participants will be automatically entered for a chance to win the grand prize that includes airfare and accommodations to London for one winner and a guest, along with behind-the-scenes access to the closed set of Star Wars: Episode VII as Abrams’ personal VIP guests. The winner will have the opportunity to meet members of the cast and be transformed by the film’s makeup and costume teams into a Star Wars character that will be filmed for a scene in the movie.
The campaign runs from 12:01 a.m. PT on May 21 until 11:59 p.m. PT on July 18.