8 weeks ago, director J.J. Abrams offered fans a chance to be in Star Wars: Episode VII. He is back to bring us all an updated message with a new video from the set, and in it he reveals an X-Wing fighter, giving us a look at the updated design. He is further interrupted by an X-Wing Fighter Pilot and the return of an iconic droid. Watch as J.J. explains the Star Wars: Force for Change campaign, a new prize that has been added, and how important it is that we all participate.

"We are so grateful for the support that the fans from over 119 countries have shown for Force for Change. As we close this final week, we've added an additional prize that allows the fans the opportunity to see the movie early as a thank you for supporting such a great cause as UNICEF's innovative, lifesaving work for children."

In a special video message from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams announces the creation of J.J. Abrams , 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 J.J. Abrams campaign will raise funds and awareness for UNICEF's Innovation Labs and its innovative projects benefitting children in need.

To support the launch of J.J. Abrams , Disney has committed $1 million, and fans can now donate directly at ‪Force for Change for a chance to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII. By pledging as little as $10 through the Omaze fundraising platform, any eligible supporter will be automatically entered for a chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The campaign runs from 12:01am PST on May 21st until 11:59pm PST July 18th.

By contributing at any level by July 25th, participants will be eligible for all prizes including a chance to be in the movie.

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Star Wars: Force for Change impressively raised over one million dollars within the first 24 hours of its launch - a record for Omaze, the fundraising platform. So far contributors from 119 countries around the world have backed Star Wars: Force for Change, in support of the United Nations Children's Fund's (UNICEF) Innovation Labs and programs. UNICEF's network of 14 Innovation Labs help create sustainable solutions to critical issues facing children around the world in the areas of nutrition, water, health, and education. The funds raised through Star Wars: Force for Change will impact the lives of children around the world, through projects like MobiStation, a portable, solar-powered educational kit to ensure children have access to quality learning anywhere, and Rapid FTR (Family Tracing and Reunification), a mobile phone application that helps reunite separated and unaccompanied children with their families in natural disasters. Fans can continue to pledge support and enter for a chance win until 11:59pm on July 25.

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

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