If, like many MANY Star Wars fans, you sat through the ENTIRE episode of Good Morning America this morning, chances are you’re kind of disappointed in the big reveal. Unless you REALLY like raising money for charity, which many Star Wars fans do.
Yesterday, the morning show (I’m a Westcoaster) tweeted about some big giant Star Wars news they were going to be dropping today ahead of the 40th anniversary. This week is the big giant Star Wars convention in Florida, and Celebration will be the place in the galaxy all good Jedi and Sith have flocked to.
The announcement, which fans debated could be anything from the new trailer (scheduled to drop later this week), or a theatrical release of the original trilogy UNremastered, ended up being not as exciting as we were led to believe, but still pretty cool.
Daisy Ridley who played Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Mark Hamill (do I REALLY need to tell you who he played?) did an announcement for Omaze and Force for a Change:
They announced the launch of Star Wars Past, Present and Future fundraising campaign to benefit UNICEF and Starlight Children’s Foundation. Over the course of four weeks between April 11– May 11, fans may enter at Omaze.com/StarWars for a chance to win once-in-a-lifetime Star Wars experiences including the chance to appear in the upcoming Han Solo movie, tickets to the world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in Hollywood, or, an overnight stay at Skywalker Ranch. The grand prize is winning all three of these experiences.
Starlight Children’s Foundation is the newest charity to benefit from Star Wars: Force for Change. Through a $1 million grant, Star Wars: Force for Change supports the foundation’s core programs at 700-plus children’s hospitals, clinics, and camps. Over the last three years, Star Wars: Force for Change and UNICEF have raised more than $9M together and saved the lives of 30K-plus children suffering from severe acute malnutrition through the distribution of over 4M packets of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food Packets (RUTF) around the world.
So, not what we were expecting, but pretty great nonetheless. Check back during the week for the new trailer and all things Celebration!