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First look at 'Star Wars: Episode VII
First look at Star Wars Episode VII.KS
A video was released Wednesday of director J.J. Abrams on the set of "Star Wars: Episode VII" explaining a new contest that will award one lucky fan the opportunity to be in the new film, as well as a new initiative, Star Wars: Force for Change. - photo by

Calling all "Star Wars" fans — or anyone who wants to appear on the silver screen while helping to make a difference in the world.
In a video released Wednesday, director J.J. Abrams appeared on the set of "Star Wars: Episode VII" explaining a contest that will award one fan the opportunity to be in the new film.
"We're so grateful to all those Star Wars fans out there for their support and their patience," Abrams said in the video, "and we would like to invite you to be a part of the fun, here. We want to put you in the movie, in Star Wars."
In the video, Abrams said that as of Wednesday, fans can enter to win a trip to London to meet Abrams and become a part of the cast. But Abrams then explained that he saved the best for last. Wednesday also marks the launch of a new initiative titled Star Wars: Force for Change, a campaign aimed at building a brighter future for thousands of children and their families around the world.
Abrams asked fans to join Star Wars in supporting UNICEF's Innovations Labs and other life-changing projects for children. Different levels of donations have been highlighted on, and awards and statuses are given for each donation.
Starting at $10 and going all the way up to $50,000, donations can win fans a limited-edition T-shirt, a limited-edition poster, a Chewbacca bust, a Lightsaber hilt, a movie script signed by Abrams and even an advance private screening of the new Star Wars film. Titles such as Ambassador, Padawan, Jedi Knight, Jedi Master and Jedi Grand Master of the Order are given to those who donate to the cause.
Fans expressed their excitement for the movie and the opportunity to support a good cause.
"I am so donating ... this is way awesome," Jay Jamison wrote on YouTube. "Good luck to all that enter and may the force be with you."
Other commenters focused on the creatures shown in the video, prompting discussions about whether Abrams will stray from CGI animation and use puppets instead.
"So, are you saying there will actually be puppets in the movie!?" Adam Andrew Corre wrote on YouTube. "I will donate $10,000 if you promise NOT to use CG in the new Star Wars."
"Star Wars: Episode VII" is set to be released on Dec. 18, 2015.