By Sam Frizell
May 21, 2014

J.J. Abrams, the director of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII took a break from shooting in Abu Dhabi to greet his fans with a PSA.

The director is promising a lucky contest entrant a chance to be in the new sequel, just as Obi Wan Kenobi plucked Luke Skywalker from his anonymous life in Tatooine and launched him to intergalactic stardom.

“You’ll actually get to be in the movie,” Abrams says. “That’s right, you’ll be in Star Wars.”

The winner will be flown out to London along with a friend and get a behind-the-scenes look at the closed set of the seventh Star Wars installment. Then, the winner will be put in costume, made up, and filmed for a scene in the movie.

Don’t count on being a Sith lord or a Jedi-in-training, though—you’ll probably be something closer to a celebrating Ewok or an extra Stormtrooper—but you could be in Star Wars nonetheless.

The contest is part of Abrams’ charity drive for UNICEF’s Innovation Labs that drives projects like solar-powered learning kits in China, Uganda and elsewhere, mobile phone applications and text messaging solutions in the developing world.


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