Win An Advanced Screening Of Star Wars Episode VII By Donating To The Force For Change Charity Initiative; Check Out A Real Life X-Wing [VIDEO]

By Steve Buja , Updated Jul 21, 2014 09:49 AM EDT
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About two months ago, JJ Abrams announced the Force For Change initiative in which he teamed up with UNICEF to help needy children around the world. Fans were asked to donate, and if they did, they would be entered into a drawing where they could win a cameo appearance in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.

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Abrams has taken some time off from his directing duties to sweeten the deal in the latest video: "a chance to win an advanced screening of Episode VII." By supporting Force For Change, you can win a special screening of the film, right in your hometown, for you and twenty of your closest friends!

But there is something everyone can win, something we've been wanting to see: an honest to god, real life, in the flesh, not-at-all-CGI X-Wing. The video is a single take tracking shot that pulls out and reveals and very beaten down starfighter. Just seeing it there, on the dusty studio ground, is enough to give me giggles.

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Several plot points regarding Episode VII have been dropped recently, though they're somewhat vague and non-descript. The entire production is being kept very hush-hush, for obvious reasons. Read Luca's report on the plot, which involves a severed hand holding a lightsaber. It would not be the first time that a severed hand has been used as a plot point in a Star Wars story.

So far contributors from 119 countries around the world have backed 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. Fans can continue to pledge support and enter for a chance win until 11:59 p.m. on July 25. You can donate to Force for Change here and enter yourself into a trip of a lifetime, and a special sneak preview of what is certainly the most anticipated film in a long, long time.

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