Want a Role On-Screen in the New 'Star Wars' Film? Here is J.J. Abrams to Explain

Filming for Star Wars: Episode VII has just begun with J.J. Abrams at the helm, and while they are currently shooting in Abu Dhabi, when the production returns to Pinewood Studious in the UK, you'll have a chance to not only meet the director and check out the production, but actually be on-screen in the movie itself! Check out the video below for the whole scoop, as well as a sneak peek of the new production.

While this isn't totally filmmaking-related, the nerd in me can't help but share. Here are the details:

In a special video message from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams announces the creation of Star Wars: Force for Change, a brand new Star Wars initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm, in collaboration with Bad Robot, dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world's biggest problems. The first Star Wars: Force for Change campaign will raise funds and awareness for UNICEF's Innovation Labs and its innovative projects benefitting children in need. 

To support the launch of Star Wars: Force for Change, Disney has committed $1 million, and fans can now donate directly at Omaze.com/StarWars for a chance to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII. By pledging as little as $10 through the Omaze fundraising platform, any eligible supporter will be automatically entered for a chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The campaign runs from 12:01am PST on May 21stth until 11:59pm PST July 18th.

The Star Wars: Force for Change Grand Prize includes: 
• 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

Besides helping out a great organization, there are some pretty sweet awards for pledging -- besides the possible chance of meeting J.J. and getting a role in the film (a background role, but a role nonetheless). Ranging from $10 all the way up to $50,000, if you've got some big bucks, you'll get more chances to win a role, and the big-money pledges will even let you see the film before the rest of the public does.

It could be an interesting opportunity, but the worst-case scenario is that you're helping UNICEF's Innovation Labs, and you're getting some cool Star Wars stuff in the process. Check out this link for more details and to see how you can enter.

Link: You Could Be in Star Wars: Episode VII -- Omaze

[via The Verge]

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May 21, 2014 at 11:04PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


Check out UNICEF's past audit to see how well they manage all that money people give them.

May 21, 2014 at 11:31PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


What I find much more interesting is the fact that there's a frakkin puppet/real life creature in the background! WUUHUUWW!!

May 22, 2014 at 2:57AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


JJ could not be more overrated. All of his movies are weak except the first star trek which worked because of all the material he was able to recycle.

May 22, 2014 at 6:46AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM

Jake Jabbs

JJ sucks.

May 22, 2014 at 7:36AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM



I happen to think he is a great filmmaker. He has a very important quality about him in that he is able to look at his project not only as a director, but as a fan. Super 8, the Star Trek reboots, all of the TV productions he has helped bring to life, these are good examples of what he can do. Plus he is producing Half-Life and Portal films in the future.

If anything he is exactly where he belongs, and rated accordingly.

May 22, 2014 at 7:56AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


While at Warner Bros I cut the recaps on Fringe for Bad Robot, because of his incompetent producers I lost my job and continue to be black listed. JJ is a bigot and a phony. Check out this video from AVID, I dare you to find a person of color, even in the commissary for fraks sake!? http://apps.avid.com/2012-Webcast/Bad-Robot-archive/ But hell dole out money to Obama and call himself a liberal. I know it's not correct to talk out of school in Hollywood but there hiring practices need to stop. They'll scream over Mel Gibson but us mud people are fair game. I often thought of doing a doc on Hollywood's hiring practices and their phony liberalism.

May 22, 2014 at 9:16AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


Who is the they in "they'll?"

May 23, 2014 at 10:39PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


Don't feel bad. Most of the talented people are sitting home and can't get a break. You have to create your own path. Be creative and get out and network. Prove that you are in the right. All the best!

May 24, 2014 at 3:13AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


Lens Flare Wars!!!!!!!!

J.J. is really not much better than Michael Bay in his filming and directorial style. He and his team dumped all over Star Trek, and now it's Star Wars' turn. Though, it can't be much worse than what Lucas himself did to the original trilogy and the prequels.

May 22, 2014 at 2:07PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM

Dan H

I'll donate 15% of my salary to Omaze, if I can work on the entire rest of the run on "Star Wars VII" as a Camera Operator. I'll donate 10% if I get at least 4 weeks on it. How's that for an initiative! I have over twenty years experience as an Operator. Nineteen years in Local 600. How many Operators or crew members will do that? Thanks for listening.


Jonathan S. Abrams, SOC

May 24, 2014 at 3:06AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM