(USA Today) J.J. Abrams is giving Star Wars fans a chance to be in the new movie — and to give back at the same time — without having to sneak on the top-secret set as a Stormtrooper.
Disney, Lucasfilm and Abrams' Bad Robotproduction company have launched the new initiative Star Wars: Force for Change to raise funds, build awareness and work on programs for the United Nations Children's Fund's (UNICEF) Innovation Labs in order to benefit kids around the world.
"The Star Wars films were made through George Lucas's adventurous combination of technology and creativity," Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. "We wanted to honor and carry on that positive spirit as we start production onEpisode VII and use Star Wars to make a difference in the world."
Disney is kicking in $1 million to start Star Wars: Force for Change, but fans have a chance to donate as well be a part of Star Wars lore at Omaze.com/StarWars.
Each $10 contribution automatically enters eligible participants for a chance to win a grand prize that includes a trip to the closed London set of Star Wars: Episode VII as VIP guests, behind-the-scenes access and a chance to meet members of the cast.
The main attraction, though, is the winner and a guest will be transformed by Abrams' costume and makeup team into a Star Wars character and filmed for a scene in the new movie.
The campaign runs until 2:59 a.m. ET July 18.
"Star Wars fans are some of the most passionate and committed folks around the globe," Abrams said. "We're thrilled to offer a chance to come behind the scenes as our VIP guests and be in Star Wars: Episode VII."
The new movie, currently filming in Abu Dhabi, is scheduled to hit theaters Dec. 18, 2015.