'Star Wars' fans get chance at cameo 

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J.J. Abrams is giving fans a chance to win a cameo in “Star Wars: Episode VII” — all in the name of charity.

In a teaser video from the film’s Abu Dhabi set, Abrams introduces “Star Wars: Force for Change,” which he describes as a “brand-new initiative that’s dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. It’s about helping kids all around the world by supporting UNICEF Innovation Labs and Programs.”

The venture, from Disney and Lucasfilm in collaboration with Bad Robot, will raise funds and awareness for UNICEF’s projects benefiting children in need.

Fans who donate a minimum of $10 at the initiative’s Omaze page will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win a trip to London to the Pinewood Studios set of “Episode VII” and shoot a scene for the film.

Other prizes for contributors include posters, T-shirts, concept art, film stills and an advance screening of the movie in your hometown, depending on the amount pledged. The contest is open until 11:59 p.m. July 18.

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