J.J. Abrams Offers Star Wars Fans a Chance to Appear in the New Star Wars: Episode VII Movie
Break out those lightsabers, Star Wars fans! J.J. Abrams, who's directing the much-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII movie, wants you—yes, you—to be in the film. In a YouTube video posted to the movie's official channel on Wednesday, May 21, Abrams announced that fans can enter for a chance to win a trip to the set by donating to Disney and Lucasfilm's new charity initiative, Star Wars: Force for Change.
"Like a lot of you, I've been a Star Wars fan since I was a kid, so it's truly a surreal thing to be working on this movie. I can't believe it," Abrams says in the clip, filmed on set in Abu Dhabi. "And we're so grateful to all the Star Wars fans out there, for their support and their patience, that we would like to invite you to be part of the fun here. We want to put you in the movie."
The Star Wars: Force for Change campaign will raise funds and awareness for UNICEF's Innovation Labs projects. Any eligible supporter who pledges at least $10 will be entered for a chance to fly to London—with a guest—and film with the Star Wars: Episode VII cast.
As previously reported, the official cast list for Episode VII was revealed in late April. Original Star Wars stars Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Kenny Baker (R2-D2) have been confirmed to appear in the much-anticipated sequel, alongside franchise newcomers including Lord of the Rings' Andy Serkis, Oscar winner Max von Sydow, and Girls' Adam Driver.
"It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again," Abrams said in a statement at the time. "We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make fans proud."
Watch the video above to find out more about how you can enter for a chance to be in the new Star Wars movie.