It seems like J.J. Abrams may have learned his lesson about his Kafka-esque paranoia about secret keeping after the debacle of Star Trek Into Darkness because he’s once again sneakily giving us a peek at a key prop in Star Wars Episode VII. Although the purpose of the video, like the last one, is to drum up support for UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and Programs, Abrams has added a detail to make fans mouths’ water, your first look at the next generation of starfighter used by the Rebels/New Republic in Episode VII.
Let’s take a look at the video first and then discuss.
Pretty sweet! The ship looks like an evolved version of the X-Wing with only two wings (a T-Wing?), and it definitely looks like Abrams is going for that “lived-in” look. Looks pretty good, but it also looks like the flight suits haven’t been updated accordingly. Neither have those little black box droids that zoom around, although it was kind of funny to see one of them scoot around.
As for the point of the video, Abrams and Co. have upped the stakes in their efforts to raise money for UNICEF. In what is essentially a raffle, the winner will now not only get a chance to win a walk-on role in Episode VII for themselves and a friend, and be flown out to London in order to have the opportunity, but the lucky S.O.B. will also get the chance to win an advanced screening of the finished film in their hometown cinema with 20 of their closest friends. This is the last week to enter, head over to the website Omaze.com and keep your nerdy fingers crossed.
What is this fundraiser again? A reminder:
Star Wars: Force for Change wants to create a brighter tomorrow for thousands of kids and families around the world. With your help and creativity we can develop innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. By acting as a Force for Change, your contribution to support UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and other innovative work for children will fund dozens of life-changing projects like these in communities across the globe: • Portable, solar-powered learning kits being built in China, Uganda, and Burundi to ensure underprivileged children in these countries have access to relevant, high-quality educational materials. • Mobile phone application developed in South Sudan and Uganda, and used in the Philippines, that helps reunite children with their families after an emergency. • A text messaging solution in Zambia that helps families receive infant medical test results from clinics, in half the time, through mobile phones. Join us! Help create a brighter tomorrow for thousands of kids and families. Be a force for change.