Force For Change – Results & Winner!

Force For Change - Thanks From Bad Robot

The Force is indeed strong with Star Wars fans, as the Force For Change initiative has raised over $4,000,000 in charity from fans in over 125 countries at its foundation alone! Added to an additional $1,000,000 donated by Disney themselves, this makes the movement a rousing success before it truly even gets off the ground. Make the jump to find out who the lucky winner, who will appear in Star Wars Episode VII for his charity, is.

From Youtube:

With an exciting initiative that offered a chance to win unique rewards and prizes, including a once-in-a-lifetime grand prize, Star Wars: Force for Change raised $4,261,410 USD for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Donations were received via fundraising platform Omaze from citizens of 125 countries and enough money was donated to fund the equivalent of 7-8 new UNICEF Innovation Labs. The grand-prize winner was D.C. Barns of Denver Colorado, who shared during on a donor video chat that the first time he saw Star Wars when it opened in theaters in 1977, when he was only five. “I loved it! … I just couldn’t get it out of my head of 35 years.” D.C. was then asked to share his favorite Star Wars moment. As he began to reply, he was suddenly surprised in his Denver office by members of Star Wars: Force for Change team. Once settled, D.C. exclaimed, “This! This is my new favorite Star Wars moment!”
D.C. will enjoy a trip to London for himself and a guest, a behind-the-scenes visit to the Star Wars set, and will be fitted with a costume and filmed for a scene in Star Wars: Episode VII.


Now, onto the winner!



Another thing worth noting is that photograph that J. J. Abrams tweeted – there’s a mechanical arm holding the note, and some have already speculated that this is the mechanical arm of Luke Skywalker. Could the whole “Cool Hand Luke” rumor about the opening of the movie actually be indicative of the direction that the plot may go, or is Bad Robot deliberately trying to set up a red herring? Let us know below.


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Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

Grant Davis (Pomojema)

Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

87 thoughts on “Force For Change – Results & Winner!

  • August 11, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Is that Skellig Michael in the background and could that be Luke’s hand?

    • August 11, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      That’s what I was thinking too! I hope we see his robotic hand ungloved in the film as upposed to the black glove

    • August 11, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      Ah! They’re having a bit of fun with us, ‘the hand that holds the lightsaber’. Of course, don’t discount that it may also be clever misdirection.

    • August 11, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      It’s eluding to the big twist that EP 7 is a Terminator crossover.

      • August 12, 2014 at 7:10 am

        *alluding please

      • August 12, 2014 at 7:27 am

        Terminator Genisys is the first of a trilogy.

        Episode VII is the first of a trilogy.

        They both come out in 2015.

        You may be onto something here.

  • August 11, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Happy for the winner. I wonder how much he donated. Wish there was another way to get on that set!

  • August 11, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Good for him! I wonder if his scene will be with any of the OT cast.

    • August 11, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Slightly. Sure, let’s go with that.

        • August 12, 2014 at 12:33 am

          I’m just teasing you. 🙂

    • August 12, 2014 at 3:34 am

      You won’t be after it’s revealed he’s been fed to the Scarlacc!

    • August 11, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      Old news.

  • August 11, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    I hope it was not staged, it’s honestly great for him because he seems like a GENUINE fan of the franchise 🙂

  • August 11, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    i don’t know if it’s hormones, intense jealousy, lifelong repressed violence, or what, but i’m sitting here bawling my eyes out while i fantasize about murdering this poor guy. please somebody help me hahahhahaha seriously though

  • August 11, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Did anyone else think that looked a little lime C3PO’s hand from Ep 1?

  • August 11, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Luke, as we know, had a properly camouflaged bionic hand, looking biological.

    It was only Daddy Anakin who seemingly opted for an obviously mechanical hand, maybe as some kind of badassery gimmick.

    Or maybe the Jedi Order couldn’t afford a biological-looking one. Hard times with the Clone Wars beginning and all; got to save a galactic credit here and there to keep the budget in balance.

    • August 11, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      …Or maybe the technology to emulate human tissue had not yet been developed successfully in the galaxy, by the time Anakin lost his whole right arm.

      I’ve always thought this to be the case. And I love it, since it adds some much-needed realism (as in the progress and evolution of science, like in real life) to the SW universe.

      • August 11, 2014 at 10:59 pm

        Seriously, these guys had invented androids with human-level intelligence, faster-than-light travel and industrial-scale cloning — but nobody had yet figured out how to coat a robot hand with a little skin-looking plastic? That was a major technological break-through which only occurred between the trilogies?!

        No, I think we have to assume that the difference between Anakin’s and Luke’s protheses is either due to a deliberate “aesthetic” choice OR somebody saving a few bucks by dropping the skin-like coating.

      • August 12, 2014 at 12:44 am

        Didn’t the original concept of Luke star killer have robot arms and legs?

    • August 11, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      They’re saying the hand will be in space and will land on a planet, maybe the artificial skin on the robot hand will ” burn up” when gets to the atmosphere.

      Also, if you compare the hand in the pic to the hand in empire (opened up) the wrist looks similar.

    • August 12, 2014 at 12:10 am

      Luke just lost his hand….not his forearm as well….

      • August 12, 2014 at 12:43 am

        Well, that username certainly is… erm, creative.

        • August 12, 2014 at 2:13 am

          It’s downright disgusting. Yuk!

          • August 12, 2014 at 2:53 am


      • August 12, 2014 at 11:04 am

        Any comment with that username will be deleted. I’ll leave this post so that you see this. If you continue to use it your IP will be banned.

  • August 11, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    I gotta say that guy seems pretty cool! I’ll be looking for him in 7! After the first few dozen viewings of course…

    He also get’s to early screen it in a local theater with friends too doesn’t he? I thought that was a part of the big win pack.

  • August 11, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    The hand looks like the training droid from Star Wars Unleashed.
    Maybe Luke has one on Skellig? It would be an easy shoe in to feature Vader, Emperor and Darth Maul if they wanted to.
    PS I am not sure if this is good but its just an observation

  • August 11, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    The hand’s design is definitely in the style of Luke’s from end of ESB, (the pins that glide back and forth) the shape of the hand is very human. But I hope the rumours on the opening seen is false. The chance that it could end up traveling in space and randomly falling in the hands of someone that is related to Luke as a matter of chance is odd ball as well.
    If it is Luke’s hand then I hope it is presented another way. Although I have to say that hand is BADASS!

    • August 12, 2014 at 8:41 am

      The force works in mysterious ways.. Destiny would find its way to a new heros hand (no pun intended).. But nobody said the Daisy Ridley or John Boyega would be related to Luke

      • August 12, 2014 at 10:49 am

        Most of the rumors are pointing to RIDLEY as a relation, but the fact someone atune to the force finds it by chance is a cheap plot trick. I think JJ is just playing with the rumours and that is Luke’s hand mechanical rods and all. He could have had prop guys make it with the intention of using it somewhere else in the movie. Hand in opening shot is not going to happen in which the finders want to travel the galaxy to return it. Millions of prosthetic limbs are available or custom taylored throughout the galaxy.

        • August 15, 2014 at 1:25 am

          In my experience, there is no such thing as luck.

  • August 11, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    look at my bum
    wanna smack it?

    • August 11, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      Definitely not! That looks like the Death Star hiding between moons.

  • August 11, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Sure does look a lot like Luke’s hand…the rim on the wrist, the red dots, the “strings” above the wrist…

  • August 11, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    It could be the metal hand that luke cut of vadar? Many things it could be, doesn’t mean it’s lukes.

  • August 11, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    probably lukes hand. Why would J.J give us hints about something we know nothing about or have never seen before. anyone even notice the rocks in the backround?…

  • August 11, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Luke’s hand is not like Anakin’s. Remember the end of Empire, his hand was covered by skin like a normal hand!
    Nonetheless, for whatever reason it seems Luke’s hand, I don’t know why but I know, somehow… I’ve always known…

    • August 12, 2014 at 12:47 am

      My guess: the whole fleshy cover of the thing had to be renewed every so often, or else it would decay off of the prosthetic.

  • August 11, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    JJ making everyone’s head spin with a simple photo. Excited what he will do with a 2 plus hour run time for a Star Wars movie 🙂

    Btw I think it’s nothing but a shot back at the people who came up with the hand rumor.

    Imo anyway

    • August 11, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      I don’t think they’d make a hand with that level of detail just to respond to internet rumours. Too much craftsmanship for it not to be a real prop.

      • August 11, 2014 at 11:49 pm

        They bought out Lucas Film, I’m sure they have a hand prop laying around somewhere.

        Remember when anakin (vader) used his only good limb (fake hand) to help crawl his way up that ridge on mustafar? Could be that hand they decided to use to shoot back at the rumor.

        Also hard to envision Luke losing his hand twice and this time the hand has no skin on it when before it did.

    • August 11, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      Or they had already built it for Luke or another character already and chose to take advantage of a silly rumor to tease people with it.

  • August 12, 2014 at 12:18 am

    It’s my hand…… Now where in the galaxy are my sissy panties…

  • August 12, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Enough with that stupid hand rumor! Haha… Luke’s hand has a bunch of red lights on the inside anyway right? I don’t see those on this model unless if he got a new one… I’m guessing this is another humanoid droid?

    • August 12, 2014 at 12:51 am

      The red lights were on the interior of the hand, though. My guess is that what we’re seeing is the exterior without the fake skin on it.

      • August 12, 2014 at 2:54 am

        We need some ultra-nerd analysis like what was done to decipher the AT-ST foot from the set photo. I thought his skin basically just was the cover? I remember the robot closing a skin-door of some sort. Which makes me wonder, why would luke be walking around with an exposed robot hand? If it is luke… then maybe his synthetic skin was burned off in a battle or something?

        I guess We’ll see… but my guess is that this is a new character… maybe even a sith or cyborg. The hand does look a tad on the scary side.

  • August 12, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Could the hand/light saber rumor be Vader’s hand/lightsaber from the Death Star?

  • August 12, 2014 at 3:38 am

    They’re going to do this movie right. There is no way that Disney would buyout Lucasfilm for that much money to then half ass the upcoming Star Wars projects.

    Also, chill out about Rebels. Its a show intended for children in elementary school. I only wish they would make a Star Wars television series with a story intended for a wide range of an audience. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in high school. But my dream is to see a Star Wars film in the style of Lord of the Rings, or Game of Thrones. Knights of the Old Republic, The Old Republic, Dawn of the Jedi style! I pray this movie will be what us die hard fans have wanted for so long. No stupid politics like in Clone Wars. No cheesy “The death toll is catastrophic” lines and then not show any action. The Phantom Menace looks like a video game. I have high hopes for the future Star Wars films. I’ve been addicted since I was in diapers.

  • August 12, 2014 at 3:40 am

    People are assuming this is the hand that Luke loses before the beginning of the film, but what if this is a relatively new replacement for that one?

    • August 12, 2014 at 6:08 am

      Or, bear with me on this, what if Luke never loses his hand? I get the feeling that the whole “floating hand” thing was just an idea that they had in an early draft that they chose not to use. Lawrence Kasdan originally wanted to feature a scene where Luke takes his father’s mask, puts it on, and declares “Now, I am Vader!” I’m totally not making that up.

      • August 12, 2014 at 7:44 pm

        I’m not saying that it will happen, just saying what could be the case IF it is true that he loses his hand.

  • August 12, 2014 at 3:47 am

    Supposedly that’s Luke’s right hand. If it is, then JJ is giving us a handy clue – no ring on Luke’s ring finger means he never married. It’s so obvious!

    • August 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

      Umm…the wedding ring goes on the LEFT hand. Just though I would point that out, unless you were trolling.

      • August 12, 2014 at 6:26 am

        But this is a galaxy far, far away, it’s on the other side of the universe!
        Oh yeah! I should mention that a sense of humour is generally applicable to most inhabitants, whatever galaxy they’re from.

    • August 12, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      Maybe they exchanged japor snippets…

  • August 12, 2014 at 4:21 am

    Why not compare it with images of what we’ve seen of the inner workings of Luke’s hand…

    In this image, it does appear that robotic work was in fact done into his forearm. And the red bits do seem to be present as well.

    I think there’s a scene in Return of the Jedi, shortly after Luke takes off from Tatooine in his X-Wing, where he puts a glove on his injured hand while in the cockpit, and we may see some bits there through his injury, but I can’t seem to find a screencap of that at the moment.

    There is however this screencap from Return of the Jedi:

    Though it doesn’t really reveal much.

    And there’s this article about the prop for Luke’s hand.

    Apparently there was even a comic book written about Luke’s hand:'s_Hand!

  • August 12, 2014 at 4:49 am

    It’s Vader’s hand from RotJ. It fell down the chute and got blown into space.

  • August 12, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Luke’s hand was not mechanical when it was chopped off by Vader. It was a real biological hand and not an android robotic. Now Vader’s hand was android robotic when Luke chopped his off…

    • August 12, 2014 at 11:55 pm

      I don’t think anyone is saying this hand is his hand from the ESB fight. The idea is that he gets his mechanical hand cut off before the opening of EP7, or this is a replacement hand after he gets said mechanical hand chopped off. Or, for those who like to nit pick, this has nothing to do with Luke’s hand at all.

  • August 12, 2014 at 7:01 am

    It’s Luke’s hand. After Return of the Jedi, he probably peeled off the rest of his skin since it was already damaged. He left it exposed as a reminder of his father and that Luke’s own vulnerability with the Dark Side (it runs in the family).

  • August 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

    OR get this… Its his hand, he’s been without it and exhiled on skellig.. and this is after he meets john boyega and they return it to him and he puts it back on.. then teaches them how to be a total badass! also note it looks like a dark piece of robe in the bottom left sticking out a bit..

  • August 12, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Maybe this whole hand idea has been misinterpreted. Wasn’t Mara Jade originally called the The Emperors Hand? Maybe it’s her ( or whoever she maybe called) travelling/floating through space in a damaged ship that crashes onto Tatooine and it’s her that Daisy Ridleys characters finds and has to reunite with Luke. Just a thought!

    • August 12, 2014 at 11:29 am

      She herself was an extension of his own hand. Like what Fett was to Vader she was to the Emperor. She could do dirty work for him that he did not have Vader do. Just another one of his minions/henchman. Her being called the Emperor’s hand had nothing to do with a specific limb.

      • August 12, 2014 at 12:54 pm

        Yes I know her being called the hand had nothing to do with a limb. I was referring to the rumour that the movie will start with a hand floating through space and crashing onto a planet. Which whatever way you look at it is completely ridiculous! I was thinking that had been misinterpreted as a limb but is actually a person.

        • August 12, 2014 at 5:40 pm

          Makes more sense than having a ‘floating hand’ crash landing on a planet.

  • August 12, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Most of the rumors are pointing to RIDLEY as a relation, but the fact someone atune to the force finds it by chance is a cheap plot trick. I think JJ is just playing with the rumours and that is Luke’s hand mechanical rods and all. He could have had prop guys make it with the intention of using it somewhere else in the movie. Hand in opening shot is not going to happen in which the finders want to travel the galaxy to return it. Millions of prosthetic limbs are available or custom taylored throughout the galaxy.

    • August 15, 2014 at 1:29 am

      nice double post fag

  • August 12, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    What is in the background of the photo is just as important as what is in the foreground. Look at the rocks. Could that be Skellig Michael? If so, it is sure to be Luke’s hand.

  • August 12, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I am praying that the entire hand thing is a red herring..

    • August 12, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      If any fish float it frame during the opening shot…I’m out there!

      • August 12, 2014 at 5:15 pm

        “I have altered the hand! Pray I don’t alter it any further!”

    • August 12, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      3.5 billion years ago life evolved from cynobacteria also referred to as bluegreen alge. Yeast is bacterial Wine and Breadmaking …out of death there is life. Ever hear of a 3 day rise?
      We are well developed Pond Scum.

  • August 12, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    If he’s living insome kind of exile on Skellig Island, or whatever plant that’s suppose to represent, then it’s reasonable to assume that he wouldn’t have access to medial care and/or a cyborg maintenance shop.

    So it’s likely that the aestetic exterior of the hand that makes it look like human flesh, could have worn away particularly after having been damaged on Jabba’s Barge.

    If there was no way to maintain it, and it simply continued to wear out, it’s reasonable to speculate that he wouldd have simply torn off whatever remained of the exterior, and only the interior robotic hand remains.

  • August 12, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Every Star Wars movie but 1 has someone loose an arm… this could be anyone

  • August 13, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Giving a careful A/B to both this photo and the screen cap of Luke’s bionic hand from ESB, I’d say there’s a very good chance they may be the same. That metal band around the wrist looks like it could be identical.

    Whether this is an actual movie prop or a quickie CGI image that JJ had somebody do as a joke on us about the “floating hand” movie opener rumor, who can tell? But I’d say it’s probably intended to be the same cybernetic hand.

  • August 13, 2014 at 1:02 am

    My guess is that the hand is from a character, possibly a droid (similar to the one in The Force Unleashed), that we have not yet seen on the big screen.

    • August 13, 2014 at 11:55 pm


  • August 14, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Maybe Luke decides to let go of his bionic hand recognizing what it represents and the parallel with his father. In other words, he discarded it and now on Skellig he is a handless recluse. But the new/ancient threat brings him out of retirement so that he needs his bionic hand once again!!!

  • August 14, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Spoilers!!! The robotic hand will be in the movie, it will be on Luke’s Arm.

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