Star Wars: Force for Change — Two fans to star in ‘Star Wars VII’

Posted May 31, 2014 by Mathew Wace Peck
J. J. Abrams is offering two “Star Wars” fans the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to appear in the latest “Star Wars” movie, currently filming in Abu Dhabi — and all in the name of raising money for disadvantaged children around the world.
Director JJ Abrams
Director JJ Abrams
Space Pirate Queen
Force for Innovation
Disney, Lucasfilm and Abrams’s own Bad Robot have teamed up with UNICEF to create Star Wars: Force for Change, which is “dedicated to finding solutions to the world’s biggest problems.”
As detailed by Digital Spy, Force for Change’s first campaign sets pot to “raise funds and awareness for UNICEF Innovation Labs.” Already, as reported, Disney has contributed $1 million (£592,000) to the fund and is asking Star Wars fans to make donations, too.
Abrams, who described Star Wars fans as “are some of the most passionate and committed folks around the globe,” revealed how excited he was that, by participating in the first-ever Star Wars: Force for Change campaign, “Star Wars fans will be helping children around the world through our collaboration with UNICEF [and its] projects.”
R2-D2  the droid from Star Wars
R2-D2, the droid from Star Wars
People wishing to make donations can do through the Omaze website. What’s more, anyone contributing a minimum of $10 (£5.92) will then be entered into a prize draw to win a visit to London in the UK, to the Star Wars Episode VII film set. The prize will include airfare from the winner’s country of abode and accommodation for them and one guest.
But that’s not all: “As well as a behind-the-scenes tour of the set and the chance to meet cast members,” Digital Spy reports, “the winner and their guest will be transformed into a Star Wars character and shoot a scene for inclusion in the movie itself!
The lucky people will join the main cast of Star Wars Episode VII, the details of which were reported by Tim Sandle on Digital Journal last month: original actors, Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2) are all included; and they will be joined by Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist), Adam Driver (Inside Llewyn Davis), Oscar Isaac (The Two Faces of January), John Boyega (Attack the Block) and Daisy Ridley (The Inbetweeners 2).
Princess Leia returns
Of her re-involvement with the Star Wars franchise, Fisher told the Hay Festival last week that it would give her the opportunity to “get Princess Leia right this time”
Meanwhile, Christopher Fabian, UNICEF Senior Advisor on Innovation, said the support with their newest partners was very welcome, adding that it would
UNICEF world warehouse   Copenhagen  Denmark
UNICEF world warehouse , Copenhagen, Denmark
UNICEF world warehouse, Copenhagen, Denwark
“help to bind [our] innovators together on [their] mission to solve the world’s most pressing problems, and create a better future.”
UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories globally, helping 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,” Fabian said, “to create open-source solutions that help millions of people.”
Full details pertaining to Star Wars: Force for Change are available through the official website. Entries for the prize draw must be made by 11:59 p.m. (PT), on Friday, July 18, 2014.
As already reported by Digital Journal, filming of Star Wars Episode VII began on May 17. It is scheduled for release in the US on December 18, 2015.
Last week, it was announced that Godzilla and Monsters director Gareth Edwards would had been signed up by Disney/Lucasfilm to direct one of the already announced Star Wars spin-off movies, of which there are to be at least three.