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Win a private screening of 'Star Wars 7'

By AFP RelaxNewsMovies - 22 July 2014 9:00 AM | Updated 11:57 AM

Win a private screening of 'Star Wars 7'

It's the Star Wars news of the day: J.J. Abrams is giving fans a chance to win a private screening of the movie in their hometown for up to 20 friends.

As part of his Star Wars: Force for Change fundraising initiative in support of UNICEF, J.J. Abrams has announced that one lucky supporter will win a private screening of 'Star Wars: Episode VII' before the movie hits theatres.

Also among the prizes up for grabs is the chance to have a cameo in the film.

Those interested can enter the competition by donating to the initiative through the fundraising platform Omaze

Made on the set of the next 'Star Wars' movie at Pinewood Studios, the video announcing the competition shows an X-Wing, the type of craft used by the rebel fighters in the previous episodes to attack the Death Star. 

Another piece of information on the franchise has cropped up recently, although this one is unofficial: the screenplay may have been leaked to the internet, according to Badass Digest.

While it is known that the new episode will take place 30 years after the end of 'Return of the Jedi', no other details have been officially confirmed.

But the website reports, among other claims, that the opening scene will show a severed hand gripping a light saber floating through space, which falls onto a desert planet inhabited by the movie's protagonists.

'Star Wars: Episode VII' is currently being shot in Puzzlewood, England, a location that suggests the possible return of the Ewoks.

To find out whether the "leaked" screenplay is indeed the official one, fans will have to wait until 18 December 2015, or for the lucky contest winner, until the private screening.