Luke's Hand Teased to End 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Charity Drive?

August 11, 2014

J.J. Abrams

We've been following the activity Star Wars: Force for Change fundraiser that was created in coordination with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) because not only is it a great cause, but director J.J. Abrams has been teasing some tidbits from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII along the way. The first video came from a desert market and showed some cool aliens, the next one showed off an X-Wing, and another had Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart fighting. Now the fundraiser has ended, and to thank everyone for the nearly $5 million raised for UNICEF, Abrams gave a note to a droid. Or did he?

Here's the handwritten note from J.J. Abrams posted through the Bad Robot Twitter account:

It looks like a droid hand, but maybe it could be Luke's robotic hand instead. But what's even more cool is seeing the lucky fan who won the drawing for a trip to London for himself and a guest to get a behind-the-scenes visit to the Star Wars: Episode VII set where he'll be fitted with a wardrobe to have a walk-on appearance in the film. D.C. Barns from Denver, Colorado is the lucky Stat Wars fan taking the trip we all desperately want. Here's a video of his priceless reaction after hearing the good news (via

The final total raised was $4,261,410. UNICEF’s current network of 14 Innovation Labs help create sustainable solutions to critical issues facing children around the world in the areas of nutrition, water, health, and education. The funds raised through Star Wars: Force for Change will impact the lives of children around the world, through projects like MobiStation, a portable, solar-powered educational kit to ensure children have access to quality learning anywhere, and Rapid FTR (Family Tracing and Reunification), a mobile phone application that helps reunite separated and unaccompanied children with their families in natural disasters. Visit to learn even more. Cool?

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  • Steven
    I hope it's not Luke's robotic hand, it seemed more advanced in TEsB and RotJ, plus was surely repaired with more 'flesh' after 30 years... Plus. Couldn't stand those rumours going around about a certain hand and lightsabre.
    • OfficialJab
      The detail nitpicking is starting already, buckle up people!
      • Steven
        Well IMO there is nothing worse than ignoring the previous movies of a franchise. Take the new Terminator for example, it's been suggested that J K Simmons will be in the role of a detective played by Lance Henriksen in the 1984 original. This character is rumoured to have followed the case for several decades. That's a bummer when you consider the character most likely died after a burst of automatic fire and a shotgun blast at almost point blank range. Not sure if you've heard the rumour on the hand, but wtf are they thinking if it's true...
        • OfficialJab
          I thought the new terminator is a reboot, intentionally ignoring all previous canon for a new story. If so, that wouldn't matter. If not, that isn't exactly a catastrophic change. Similarly, saying that Luke's robotic hand looking robotic instead of fleshy is 'ignoring the previous movies' is a bit dramatic. It's a tweak at most. About the 'found hand' rumor, who knows. I'd get over it, since I don't really have huge expectations for Star Wars story anyway, but I'd still be astounded if that's what they settled on, yeah. Maybe it's a funny nod to that rumor being out there, and maybe the rumor itself is intentional disinfo, which people were expecting since production began. I like the photo though.
          • Steven
            I think Terminator is a reboot of sorts, but will be revisiting elements of T1 & T2. Though I think that franchise is so far gone no one really cares anymore, which is a pity, as some good casting could have rescued it along with a good story of course. Tweaks can ruin a movie like Star Wars though IMO, why even risk it with a fickle fan base? However, with luck those rumours of the hand are unfounded and I agree the look is spot on so far and I'll take the pic as just a mechanical hand.
  • These aren't the droids you're looking for...
    • Rembo
      il'take the red one...
  • davidshaw
    In the section between the picture and the video you wrote Stat Wars. It's hurting my brain.
    The hand has seen better days. I hear it still floats.




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