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Want To Appear In Star Wars: Episode VII?
J.J. Abrams invites fans to appear in his movie

21 May 2014  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: LucasFilm/Disney

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It's as if a million Star Wars fans cried out in excitement and were suddenly silenced... because they were all running for the keyboard. You see, J.J. Abrams has just officially announced, via the video below, that he is giving fans the chance to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII (while also helping UNICEF at the same time). What's also exciting is that he sent this message from the film's set, with Jim Henson-style creatures wandering around behind him. Take a look below.

This new initiative is called Star Wars: Force For Change, and sees Disney pledge $1m to get things rolling. Fans are now invited to pledge as well, and each $10 (about £6) will net you an entry in the draw for a visit to the set and a role in the film.

"The Star Wars fans are some of the most passionate and committed folks around the globe,” says director J.J. Abrams. “We’re thrilled to offer a chance to come behind the scenes as our VIP guests and be in Star Wars: Episode VII. We’re even more excited that by participating in this campaign, Star Wars fans will be helping children around the world through our collaboration with UNICEF Innovation Labs and projects."

“The Star Wars films were made through George Lucas's adventurous combination of technology and creativity,” says Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “We wanted to honor and carry on that positive spirit as we start production on Episode VII and use Star Wars to make a difference in the world. Star Wars: Force for Change will help us do that, letting us give back to the fans who keep Star Wars alive, and raising much-needed funds for programs like UNICEF's Innovation Labs.”

We are promised that the Star Wars: Force for Change campaign will help fund innovative, life-changing projects in communities around the globe - which can only be a great and a noble goal. And if it means we get to dress up as a Wookiee and appear in the great space opera as well, even better!

The real question posed by the whole thing is, who's the camel-peddlar guy or girl? Will he or she appear in the film? And where can we get one? Also, it looks very much like the story heads back to Tatooine once again, which is practically a tradition, we suppose; only Empire Strikes Back failed to visit the desert planet. They must have a great tourist board.

Star Wars: Episode VII of course stars (deep breath) Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow and Andy Serkis. It will arrive in cinemas with the steady stride of an AT-AT on December 18, 2015. Now, if you will excuse us, we have a few donations to make.


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RE: RE:
L: waltham1979 But like someone else adhered too; its just started filming so keep calm, Actually that was me but Donald started screeching :) But pray tell, what is your problem with Clones? (I'll be back later in the evening or early tomorrow) More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 17:24 on 21 May 2014 | Report This Post

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I picturing Sutherland sitting at his laptop right now :) L: waltham1979 L: potemkin1925 forgive me for expressing an opinion - and please forgive Timon also.. these forums must be for something else… but what… L: mike2005 Christ, only another 18 months of this! I want this I want that! ote] Some people treat opinions on science fiction films on this forum the same way Donald Sutherland reacts to Veronica Cartwright's character at the end of In More

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L: potemkin1925 forgive me for expressing an opinion - and please forgive Timon also.. these forums must be for something else… but what… L: mike2005 Christ, only another 18 months of this! I want this I want that! ote] Some people treat opinions on science fiction films on this forum the same way Donald Sutherland reacts to Veronica Cartwright's character at the end of Invasion of the Body Snatchers...persevere, grow a thick skin, show no emotion, keep buggering More

Posted by waltham1979 at 17:13 on 21 May 2014 | Report This Post

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forgive me for expressing an opinion - and please forgive Timon also.. these forums must be for something else… but what… L: mike2005 Christ, only another 18 months of this! I want this I want that! More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 17:05 on 21 May 2014 | Report This Post

Christ, only another 18 months of this! I want this I want that! More

Posted by mike2005 at 16:56 on 21 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Yo, where all the women at?
what do you mean? L: thespyglass "Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow and Andy Serkis." I count two out of thirteen. Could've been great, JJ. Could've been great. More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 16:47 on 21 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Cant Win
I don't know about "all the negativity" that you mention - there was just me and that one puppet in the video and "everyone" did not complain about the CGI the prequels. yes the originals were full of puppets and guys in mask - I never said any different or expressed any dislike of it I pointed out that the creatures people went to great pains to make them not look like puppets and I asked Timon if he wanted a movie with puppets that looked like puppets - Timon said yes - my More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 16:46 on 21 May 2014 | Report This Post

Yo, where all the women at?
"Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow and Andy Serkis." I count two out of thirteen. Could've been great, JJ. Could've been great. More

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Posted by DanTDavies at 16:42 on 21 May 2014 | Report This Post

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I did take that into account and I said as such in my post - consider that before criticising We were discussing that creature - not the movie as a whole I too am excited about the movie L: Funk_Knight This message wasn't filmed using motion picture techniques or conditions. consider this before criticising. I am for one bloody excited! More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 16:39 on 21 May 2014 | Report This Post

Puppet
This message wasn't filmed using motion picture techniques or conditions. consider this before criticising. I am for one bloody excited! More

Posted by Funk_Knight at 15:54 on 21 May 2014 | Report This Post

Cant Win
God, what's with all the negativity about puppets?!! Everyone complained that the prequels were too CGI heavy. We know Abrahams is bringing this new trilogy back to the old school roots. The originals were full of puppets! So let there be puppets! I for one love it. PS I have entered !! More

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sorry for the multi post I only tap the post button once I swear More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 14:43 on 21 May 2014 | Report This Post

it looks too much like a puppet and as you said like something straight out of Labyrinth (a movie I love) I want something more original but more importantly it moves like a guy in puppet costume still this is no indication of what we will see in the finished film - an homage to to classic here and there is cool in JJ and Disney I trust is this Tatooine I wonder - for a place where nothing ever happens it is a hell of a popular place :) More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 14:42 on 21 May 2014 | Report This Post

it looks too much like a puppet and as you said like something straight out of Labyrinth (a movie I love) I want something more original but more importantly it moves like a guy in puppet costume still this is no indication of what we will see in the finished film - an homage to to classic here and there is cool in JJ and Disney I trust is this Tatooine I wonder - for a place where nothing ever happens it is a hell of a popular place :) More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 14:42 on 21 May 2014 | Report This Post

it looks too much like a puppet and as you said like something straight out of Labyrinth (a movie I love) I want something more original but more importantly it moves like a guy in puppet costume still this is no indication of what we will see in the finished film - an homage to to classic here and there is cool in JJ and Disney I trust is this Tatooine I wonder - for a place where nothing ever happens it is a hell of a popular place :) More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 14:42 on 21 May 2014 | Report This Post

sorry I wasn't finished More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 14:36 on 21 May 2014 | Report This Post

Really. Spo you want a Muppet movie. Yoda is equally as in engaging in all the movies - the only time he looks like a puppet is Phantom Menace but he is still a wonderful character the creature guys on the Star Wars movies went out of their way to make the puppets look as little like puppets as was possible I want a Star Wars movie were they don't look CGI or like puppets I want them to seem real and for me not to know which they are this creature looks too much like a puppet More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 14:35 on 21 May 2014 | Report This Post

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L: potemkin1925 You want the movie full of creatures that look like puppets? Yes. I do. Yoda in Empire Strikes Back is much more engaging than the one in the prequels. More

Posted by Timon at 14:28 on 21 May 2014 | Report This Post

You want the movie full of creatures that look like puppets? More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 14:15 on 21 May 2014 | Report This Post

FANTASTIC
I love this for three reasons. 1 - its a great fundraising idea. 2 - its a great opportunity for Star Wars fans. 3 - the puppet in the background is awesome, like something straight out of Labyrinth! Hope the movie is full of creatures like that! More

Posted by hermes16 at 13:51 on 21 May 2014 | Report This Post

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