JJ Abrams has released a new video asking Star Wars fans to support UNICEF, and the video reveals something very special indeed. A bit further down in this post I will show you the full details of the UNICEF support Abrams is talking about, but first lets talk about the video, and then take a look at some images.
The video see’s Abrams himself discussing UNICEF, and what fans can win should they wish to donate, but during the video we also get our first glimpse of what appears to be an X-Wing from Episode VII. The camera pans back, and while we start off focused on Abrams, we soon draw our attention to the fighter ship he is stood next to. It does look like an X-Wing, but it appears to be a new version, but what is most exciting is that the actual thing has actually been built, proving Abrams is really going for authenticity to please fans of the original three films (before George Lucas added that bloody awful CGI).
Fans have been discussing whether it is in fact an X-Wing, or a Z-95, and on Twitter Star Wars confirmed it was indeed an X-Wing, but a new design for Episode VII. It actually looks like the original design of the X-Wing, created by Ralph McQuarrie back in the 70’s, and his design did not have four engines (as seen in the original films when the wing split) but two, which split in half when the wings opened up.
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Check out the video below, and I am sure the debate will rage on as to what exactly Abrams is standing next too, but seriously this is a really cool, really exciting video that will surely please Star Wars fans. It also shows Abrams has a good sense of humour and a massive dmiration and respect for Star Wars. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that Abrams is going to nail this.
So here are all the details of the UNICEF support JJ Abrams is talking about in the video, followed by a couple of stills from the clip.
All Wings Report In! On the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, Director J.J. Abrams was interrupted by an X-Wing pilot and rogue robot as he announced the chance for fans to win an advance private screening of Star Wars: Episode VII. “We are so grateful for the support that the fans from over 119 countries have shown for Force for Change,” said Abrams. “As we close this final week, we’ve added an additional prize that allows the fans the opportunity to see the movie early as a thank you for supporting such a great cause as UNICEF’s innovative, lifesaving work for children.” By contributing at any level by July 25th, participants will be eligible for all prizes including a chance to be in the movie.
Star Wars: Force for Change impressively raised over one million dollars within the first 24 hours of its launch—a record for Omaze, the fundraising platform. 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. The funds raised through Star Wars: Force for Change will impact the lives of children around the world, through projects like MobiStation, a portable, solar-powered educational kit to ensure children have access to quality learning anywhere, and Rapid FTR (Family Tracing and Reunification), a mobile phone application that helps reunite separated and unaccompanied children with their families in natural disasters. Fans can continue to pledge support and enter for a chance win until 11:59pm on July 25.
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.
Disney committed US $1 million to support the launch of Star Wars: Force for Change. Star Wars continues to inspire generations of dreamers and doers to use their creativity to accomplish great things. Star Wars and Lucasfilm were built on the belief that in uniting creativity with innovation, you can make the impossible possible.
May the Force be with you!
If you would like to get involved then head over to Omaze.
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the Saga Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.