May 21, 2014 7:12am PT by THR Staff
'Star Wars: Episode VII': J.J. Abrams Offers Fans a Chance to Be in Movie
Star Wars fans can now win a chance to be in Episode VII.
In a video from Abu Dhabi, where the highly anticipated movie is filming, director J.J. Abrams introduced the new "Star Wars: Force for Change" initiative to raise funds and awareness for UNICEF Innovation Labs and programs that benefit the world's most vulnerable children.
By donating to the initiative, fans will be entered into a contest to appear in Episode VII.
One winner and a guest will be flown to London, where the majority of the film will be shot, and will get a chance to meet the cast and get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. The winner will also be put in hair and makeup to become a Star Wars character and be in the movie.
For each $10 contribution made to the campaign through the Omaze fundraising platform, donors will be automatically entered for a chance to win.
The contest, which launched today, ends shortly before midnight Pacific Time on July 18.
Other prizes that come with various donation amounts to "Star Wars: Force for Change" include posters, T-shirts, scripts signed by Abrams, limited-edition Chewbacca busts and lightsaber hilts, and advance screenings of the film, which is slated to hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.
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During the video, Abrams also talks about the experience of working on a film in the franchise he grew up being a fan of, calling it "surreal."
"All of these people around that you hear and see are helping us make this movie, and it's an incredible thing. It's surreal to be here in this amazing place with these incredible people, working on this film," Abrams says.
The director is also surprised by a guest at one point in the video.
Watch Abrams' video below and enter the contest to be in the new Star Wars here.