Fans of Star Wars hoping not to be inundated with CGI have cause for celebration today. In a new initiative announced by JJ Abrams, fans can have a chance to be a part of the next installment of Star Wars. If that wasn’t enough, we caught our first glimpse of a new alien species for the Star Wars Universe. CGI? No, they are going the puppet route.

Filming has also been confirmed in Abu Dhabi for the seventh installment of the iconic franchise. The entire cast and crew flew out to Abu Dhabi in early May to begin work on the film. It has a release date pegged for December 8, 2015. Yeah, get ready for long lines on that one. If JJ Abrams works his magic, Disney will be able to recoup its costs in acquiring the franchise in one film.

If you want to be in the movie, JJ Abrams is teaming up with UNICEF to give fans the opportunity of a lifetime. Announcing Star Wars: A Force for Change, Bad Robot and LucasFilms are partnering with UNICEF’s Innovation Labs to look for creative solutions to problems facing the world.

Where do you come in? By pledging as little as $10 to the campaign at you are automatically entered into a drawing to be in the film as a Star Wars character. You have plenty of time to jump on board. The campaign runs from May 21 till July 18. If you win through the Omaze platform, you get the prize every Star Wars fan wants.

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

Yeah, that is $10 worth donating. It’s for a great cause, and you get a chance to be a Star Wars character. It doesn’t get any better than that.

You can find out more about the Force for Change initiative at Be sure to check it out and throw in your raffle ticket.


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