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Star Wars: Force for Change winner announced

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Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams

D.C Barns from Denver, Colorado has been announced as the winner of the Star Wars: Force for Change contest, and will appear in next year's Star Wars: Episode VII.

Barns, who was notified of his win over video conference, said he had been a fan since the original film was released in 1977. He explained: “I think it really split my head open. I loved it. I just couldn’t get it out of my head for 35 years.

“There’s movies that you love, and then there’s Star Wars.”

The Force for Change contest was part of a fundraising campaign for UNICEF's Innovation Labs, with Star Wars fans being invited to donate money to be in with a chance to win the grand prize, as well as tickets to private screenings to the movie and exclusive merchandise.

The campaign raised $4,261,410 for the organization, with Disney pledging an additional $1,000,000 on top of that amount.

Star Wars: Episode VII from director J.J. Abrams will be released December 2015

Watch a video of D.C. Barns being notified about his win below.

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