‘Star Wars’ fan gets dying wish to see new movie
LOS ANGELES: A terminally ill Star Wars fan, who given just a few months to live, was granted his wish to see the new The Force Awakens film on Thursday, nearly two months before it comes out in theatres.
Daniel Fleetwood, a 31-year-old Texas man suffering from an aggressive form of cancer that has spread to 90 percent of his lungs, was able to watch an early cut of the highly anticipated new film, his wife Ashley said on Facebook.
“Daniel just finished watching an unfinished version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!! We would like to thank the awesomely talented JJ Abrams for calling us yesterday to tell us Daniel was having his wish granted!” she said.
Fleetwood’s dying wish to see The Force Awakens went viral on social media in the past week with the hashtag #ForceForDaniel, which garnered the support of Star Wars actors Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and newcomer John Boyega.
Hamill tweeted on Thursday that he was “elated” that Fleetwood had been able to see the film.
The plot of The Force Awakens has been kept tightly under wraps.
Fans have been given only three brief teaser trailers in the past year.
Presales for the opening have already broken a raft of international records. – Reuters
HAPPY: Ashley and Daniel Fleetwood.