Earlier this summer as part of a special fundraiser for UNICEF called ‘Star Wars: Force For Change’, J.J. Abrams announced that fans could win a role in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’. Later, thanks to a video featuring a new X-Wing fighter, the director sweetened the pot by adding a private advanced screening to the list of prizes. Now, the initiative has wrapped up and Abrams decided to give a hand to those who contributed to the cause.
In a recent post from Bad Robot’s Twitter, the filmmaker shared a handwritten note that revealed that the ‘Star Wars’ fandom raised over $5 million for UNICEF Innovation Labs. But more interesting than the note was what held it. You can check out the post below:
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) August 11, 2014
Many outlets have said that this hand belongs to some sort of new droid that we’ll be seeing, but /Flim has an interesting theory. Based on the assumption that this picture was taken on the Irish island of Skellig Michael and on previous rumors about the new main characters finding a severed hand gripping a familiar lightsaber, it’s possible that this hand in the picture could belong to Luke Skywalker. Sure, there’s no skin on it, but a lot has happened since ‘Return of the Jedi’, so anything is possible.
In addition to this lovely little tease from Abrams, Omaze and the ‘Star Wars: Force For Change’ team announced the winner of the grand prize, which includes a walk-on role in the movie. You can see lucky fan D.C. Barns of Denver, CO as he is surprised with his winnings in the video below, as well as the awesome projects that the money raised will be going to:
UNICEF’s current 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.
Were you one of the citizens from the 125 countries that contributed to ‘Star Wars: Force For Change’? What do you think about J.J. Abrams’ tease with his thank you note? Do you agree with the Luke’s hand theory or are you leaning towards the droid camp? Sound off in the comments.
‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ blasts off into theaters on December 18, 2015.