‘Star Wars’ fan gets dy­ing wish to see new movie

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE - PIYA SINHA-ROY

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.

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