J.J. Abrams wants you to be in "Star Wars Episode VII."
The director of the upcoming film, which takes place 30 years after the events in "Return of the Jedi," has teamed up with the charity fundraising site Omaze.com
to give one lucky fan a walk-on role in the Star Wars universe.
"Like a lot of you, I've been a Star Wars fan since I was a kid," Abrams says on set in Abu Dhabi. "So it's truly a surreal thing to be working on this movie. I can't believe it. And we're so grateful to all the Star Wars fan out there for their support and patience that we would like to invite you to be part of the fun here. We want to put you in the movie. In Star Wars."
If the force is strong with your entry, you and a friend will be flown to Pinewood Studios in London where you'll be thrown into costume and makeup for a walk-on role. As Abrams explains, however, the real winner here is the new "Force for Change" charity in partnership with UNICEF that will receive all of the money raised from the contest.
"By entering your chance to join us, you'll get to help us launch something else — Star Wars: Force for Change, a brand-new initiative that dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world's biggest problems. It's about helping kids all around the world by supporting UNICEF Innovation Labs and Programs," he says.
Like other Omaze contests, there are some really impressive guaranteed rewards for those going way above and beyond a $10 donation. For instance, donate $25,000 and you'll be invited to an advanced screening of "Episode VII" at Lucasfilm in San Francisco. If you double that amount, Abrams and Co. will setup an advanced private screening in your hometown.
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