J.J. Abrams gives fan an exclusive look at ''Star Trek Into Darkness''

By Jeff Jensen
Updated January 11, 2013 at 05:00 AM EST

J.J. Abrams’ much-anticipated Star Trek Into Darkness (out May 17) has already brought some light into the life of one devoted fan. In late December, Abrams sent over a rough version of the film to a New York man named Daniel Craft, 41, who was terminally ill with cancer. The screening came about after a friend of the Trek buff posted a note on Reddit chronicling Craft’s failed attempt to see the nine-minute teaser of Into Darkness — currently playing with The Hobbit at select IMAX theaters — and asking for help in finding some way for Craft to see some or all of the movie before he died. Abrams learned of the request, phoned Craft, and arranged for a private screening. Craft’s wife subsequently wrote on Reddit that ”we enjoyed it immensely as a film and as a gesture.” Craft passed away on Jan. 4. Asked about the matter days later during his appearance at the Television Critics Association conference, Abrams told reporters: ”I’d rather not talk about it. It feels insensitive. But…it was unbelievably touching.”

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