J.J. Abrams Offers Fans a Chance to Cameo in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and Be a “Force for Change”

     May 21, 2014


So this is pretty cool.  Star Wars: Episode VII is currently filming in Abu Dhabi, and director J.J. Abrams took some time to make a video offering fans a chance to fly to London (where they’re shooting most of the movie) to visit the set, meet the cast, and get a cameo in the movie.  Best of all, this contest is part of a charity effort called “Force for Change”.  Your donation for a chance to be in the movie will fund UNICEF’s Innovation Labs, which helps children all around the world.  Additionally, even if you don’t win the cameo, your donation can still get you cool rewards like t-shirts, posters, and more.  The higher the donation level, the more entries you get.

Click here to donate, and hit the jump to check out Abrams talking about contest, which also includes a cameo from a new, camel-like alien.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

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star-wars-episode-7-jj-abrams-alien-1And here’s the press release:

LOS ANGELES, CA, MAY 21, 2014 —Today in a special video message from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams announced the creation of Star Wars: Force for Change, a brand new Star Wars initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm in collaboration with Bad Robot dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. The first Star Wars: Force for Change campaign will raise funds and awareness for the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Innovation Labs and its innovative programs that are benefitting the world’s most vulnerable children.

Disney has committed US $1 million to support the launch of Star Wars: Force for Change. Fans can now contribute directly at Omaze.com/StarWars for a chance to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII. For each $10 contribution made through the Omaze fundraising platform, eligible participants will be automatically entered for a chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The campaign runs from 12:01am PST on May 21stth until 11:59pm PST July 18th.

The Star Wars: Force for Change 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

“The Star Wars fans are some of the most passionate and committed folks around the globe,” says director J.J. Abrams. “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.”

Star Wars continues to inspire generations of dreamers and doers to usetheir creativity to accomplish great things. Star Wars and Lucasfilm were built on the belief that in uniting creativity with innovation, you can make the impossible possible.

“The Star Wars films were made through George Lucas’s adventurous combination of technology and creativity,” says Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “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.”

By pledging support for Star Wars: Force for Change, fans are helping UNICEF create a brighter tomorrow for kids and families around the world. Through its global network of Innovation Labs, UNICEF helps create sustainable solutions to major issues facing children in the areas of nutrition, water, health, and education. The Star Wars: Force for Change campaign will help fund innovative, life-changing projects in communities around theglobe.

“UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories  to help the world’s most vulnerable children and young people identify solutions and create change,” says Christopher Fabian, UNICEF Senior Advisor on Innovation and co-Lead of the Innovation Unit. “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.”

Visit StarWars.com/ForceForChange to learn more about this newcharitable initiative and the work of UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and programs, and be sure to enter through contribution or free entry for your chance to win at Omaze.com/StarWars.

May the Force be with you!


UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.  For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org.  Follow us on Twitter@unicef and FacebookUNICEF.

Star Wars: Force for Change Program: Restrictions and Limitations

No purchase necessary to enter or win.  Void where prohibited.  Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age or the age of majority in your domicile, to enter and a resident of Argentina, Austria, Canada, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico,Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, USA, or the UK, and not a resident of Belgium, Italy, Malta, Singapore, or Thailand.  Residents of Australia, Brazil, China and the Republic of Korea are not prohibited from participating, but local rules and laws may restrict or prohibit the award of certain prizes or impose additional restrictions on participation.

Rewards are separate from sweepstakes prizes.  Rewards are limited in quantity. Odds of winning depend on number of entries. For free entry: (i) send post card to Sponsor at PO Box 3190, 1217 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, California 90408 by applicable mail date; or (ii) visit www.Omaze.com/StarWars.  Entrants may receive additional entries via Facebook.  Maximum number of entries: 10,000 per Entrant.  Travel and accommodations are at Sponsor’s discretion and subject to availability and change.  Winner and Guest may be required to pass a background screening or security check, to receive the prize and/or reward. Visa conditions may apply. All taxes are Winner’s responsibility. Not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook®.  Residents of certain territories may be required to successfully complete a trivia question to qualify.  For full entry requirements, details, limitations and restrictions see Official rules at www.Omaze.com/StarWars.   Sole Sponsor: Omaze, Inc., PO Box 3190, 1217 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90408.

  • rubber_yoda

    Well that’s a relief. There’s clearly one thing about classic Star Wars JJ gets.

    MUPPETS. Muppets, y’all.

    And sets. Remember when Star Wars had sets???

    • Steven

      Like Jurassic Park and The Thing, the animatronic puppets age way better.

      They’re not always the way to go but they should be.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        It’s true, many of the best moments of Jurassic Park still look excellent today because they didn’t rely on CGI.

    • rhizomeman

      Totally agree. It was AWESOME to see a “real” alien walk by. GL would have cgi’d that for sure. Saw a recent interview with him – he still seems to think cgi characters look totally “real”, sad…

  • DeathoftheEndless7

    Camel man confirmed.

    • Okos

      It’s not a camel man.
      He’s a Chinese jedi!

  • Jockolantern

    Seeing Abrams bring back Muppets and living, breathing sets to Star Wars makes me feel quite content this early in the production process. I really hope he doesn’t go the CGI paint-bucket approach which in large part contributed to making the prequels as phony and hollow as they were– well, you know, that and the wooden performances and listless direction.

    I really hope these new Star Wars films are worth getting excited about and end up being every bit the worthy follow-ups the original trilogy has only seen in the expanded universe. I loathed what J.J. did to Star Trek but Star Wars really seems to be right up his alley.

    • Daniel Ronczkowski

      I am not worried about that.

  • Neo Racer

    Cant wait to read all the fan fiction for Camel Man. Where’s the action figure?!!

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Give it a few months/years. There was a point where you could buy an action figure of every character in the Mos Eisley Cantina. Which was totally unnecessary but kind of funny.

      • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

        Back when Star Wars was released you didn’t get all the supporting fiction and internet info and extra side stories. You just got the movie and watching over and over in theaters for years you just had the same snippets. The toys let every kid expand the universe so it _felt_ necessary. :P

    • 80sRobot

      It wouldn’t surprise me if Hasbro releases a Camel Man action figure by the end of this year as an early preview for Episode VII toys.

  • Lance

    Practical effects! I love it.

  • Devin Reed

    This is completely AWESOME, and very cool to see that the studio is using the hype surrounding the film to charitable effect.

  • mbmarquis69

    I feel like we got more details in that 1:41 video than all of Star Wars news from the past 6 months. A little goes a long way. I’ve glimpsed a character and part of a set. It was a nice tease.

  • Aquartertoseven

    Why are they in Tatooine yet again? It’s a horrible planet, dull. Of all the places they could go to, we always end up back on Tatooine.

    • Old Soldier

      It’s like the Michigan of the Star Wars universe.
      Only people who are from there think “It’s the most awesome place in the universe…….Ya’kowit?”

      • Lance

        True enough. We’ve been to Tatooine more than Coruscant, the heart of the galaxy.

        That Coruscant-Tatooine shuttle must be awesome. Leaves every hour, on the hour. Non-stop. Every seat’s First Class.

    • Devin Reed

      As long as there’s a compelling reason for them to be there, I like it. To me, no location says “Star Wars” like Tatooine.

    • Devin Reed

      As long as there’s a compelling reason for them to be there, I like it. To me, no location says “Star Wars” like Tatooine.

    • 80sRobot

      Rumor is that the trilogy reveals something significant that has taken place “in the background” on Tatooine all throughout the last two trilogies which will now come into play in the trilogy. I’ll leave it at that.

      • Aquartertoseven

        You mean the rumour that Obi banged a black chick?

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  • Strong Enough

    A whole freakin universe and they keep using the same damn ones.

  • alk

    Hm. Deep within me, remains the angry, cynical me, led to believe this is JJ’s clever ploy to tease the fanboys with some “magic stuff” so they back off of JJ’s criticism. The OTHER PART OF ME, the 80s/90s kid, absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED this clip.
    I was reminded of George Lucas in his younger years, when he wore those flannel colored collared shirts, with his sleeves rolled up, hair out and wild, not afraid to stand in a rising desert storm…surrounded by a bustling set, with a lively crew and mysterious creatures(we didn’t know were) running around in the back. I hope gone are the move days where everything was predictable and CGI was a story supplement. I like seeing this creature and wondering if he’ll pop up in the movie. More questions, more ideas, more wonder! That puppet creature was really cool, having a moment with JJ right there was so gratifying!
    Consider me a former JJ naysayer whose faith has been restored. I’m really crossing my fingers and hoping for an amazing EpVII! Don’t let me down, JJ!

  • DEADP00L

    Am I seeing what I think I’m seeing?! holy shit! Is he bringing puppeteering?!That is amazing! They can polish what they want but it’ll age beautifully if they do it right.

    • edshrinker

      That kind of character is what makes Farscape still my favorite scirfi TV of all time. I never saw a Muppet. I saw real aliens with real personalities.

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  • Strifeshadow

    Nice use of practical effects. If they could do the whole movie this way, like Legend or Dark Crystal, that would make my Christmas!

    Still at the back of my head is the ending of Fanboys:

    ‘Hey guys, what if it sucks?”

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