There will be X-wing fighters in "Star Wars: Episode VII."

StarWars.com released a new video Monday taken on the set of the upcoming film, featuring director J.J. Abrams and a new version of the X-wing, the fighter planes used by the Rebel Alliance, along with a droid, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The clip comes from the Force for Change initiative benefiting UNICEF's Innovation Labs.

Abrams appears in the clip from London's Pinewood Studios, where the new film is being shot. Part of his message is an invitation to fans to take part in a contest benefiting the UNICEF program. The contest has a week to go, and Abrams is offering the winner an advance screening of the film before its Dec. 18, 2015 release.

"We know how much Star Wars means to so many of you, and we'd love to share the movie with you first while supporting this truly great cause," Abrams says, before a fighter nudges him aside and climbs into the fighter's cockpit.

The film's Star Wars: Force For Change initiative means to help UNICEF's Innovation Labs, the goal of which is to work on technology for families in remote or troubled parts of earth.

During the video, one of the repair robots seen in the Death Star during the original "Star Wars" appears. "What's that doing here?" Abrams says, as it shoots by his feet.

That's exciting, Really.


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