Terminally Ill 'Star Wars' Fan Gets Advanced 'Force Awakens' Screening
J.J. Abrams and Disney have helped grant the final wish of Star Wars super fan Daniel Fleetwood, who dreamed of being able to see The Force Awakens before he passes away.
In July, Daniel was diagnosed with inoperable spindle cell sarcoma and was told he would not make it to Christmas, when the film premieres.
After a social media campaign spearheaded by Daniel‘s wife Ashley, which garnered the support of stars Mark Hamill and John Boyega, J.J. contacted the couple himself and arranged for an unedited version of the film to be screened at the couple’s home.
Ashley told TMZ that Daniel loved the movie but wasn’t allowed to say much more because of a confidentiality agreement.
Ashley did share this earlier today: “Daniels final dream was just granted!!! Today the wonderful Disney, Bad Robot and Lucasfilm teams made his final dream come true, Daniel just finished watching an unfinished version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!! We would like to thank the awesomely talented J.J. Abrams for calling us yesterday to tell us Daniel was getting his wish granted! Lastly I want to thank ALL the amazing people who helped make this happen!!! May the force be with you all ”
This isn’t the first time J.J. has done this for a sick fan. Last year, he helped grant cancer-stricken Daniel Craft‘s final wish to see a rough cut of Star Trek Into Darkness. The Star Trek fan died several days later.