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UNICEF fundraising effort gives 'Star Wars' fans chance at cameo in 'Episode VII'

In this 1977 image provided by 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, from left, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill are shown in a scene from

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In this 1977 image provided by 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, from left, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill are shown in a scene from "Star Wars" movie released by 20th Century-Fox. From the set of “Star Wars: Episode VII” in Abu Dhabi, director J.J. Abrams announced the launch of Star Wars: Force for Change, a campaign to raise funds for United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF). The campaign will run from 12:01 a.m. PDT on May 21, 2014, until 11:59 p.m. PDT on July 18. (AP Photo/20th Century-Fox Film Corporation)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - "Star Wars: Episode VII" director J.J. Abrams is giving fans a shot at a cameo in the film that's set to be released next year.

Disney, Lucasfilm and Bad Robot have teamed up for a campaign to raise funds for UNICEF. Abrams announced the initiative in a video from the set of the movie in Abu Dhabi.

For every $10 donation at Omaze.com/StarWars, contributors will become eligible to appear in the film when it shoots in London. The campaign began just after midnight Wednesday and runs until 11:59 p.m. PDT on July 18.

The cast of "Episode VII" was revealed in April, and Adam Driver is among the newbies. Disney will release the film in December 2015.

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