A terminally ill man has enjoyed a private screening of The Force Awakens following a successful social media campaign. Mark Hamill was among those who called for Disney to let Daniel Fleetwood see the new Star Wars movie before its official release next month.
The 31-year-old Fleetwood is dying of an aggressive lung cancer named spindle cell sarcoma. He was told in July that he could have as little as two months left to live. The cancer has now spread to 90 percent of his lungs, making it unlikely he will survive until the 18 December movie release, let alone be fit enough to visit a movie theater.
Fleetwood posted online with the news of his diagnosis and expressed his desire to see the movie before he died — something that is quite literally on his bucket list (pictured). That led to an appearance on a local news station and a Twitter campaign with the hashtag #ForceForDaniel. Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew and John Boyega were among the Star Wars actors who posted in support.
Fleetwood’s wife Ashley has now posted on Facebook to say:
To all our wonderful supporters, friends, family and awesome strangers: 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 JJ 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.