Star Wars The Force Awakens: Terminally ill fan pushing to see movie early
A campaign for a terminally ill Star Wars fan hoping to get an early look at the latest installment in the saga has gotten the attention of cast members from a galaxy far, far away.
Daniel Fleetwood, 32, of Texas, wants to see The Force Awakens ahead of its nationwide Dec. 18 release. Fleetwood is suffering from a connective tissue cancer called spindle cell sarcoma and his doctor gave him two months to live back in July.
Fleetwood says he’s been a Star Wars fan since he was 8 or 9 years old. “Judging by how progressive the disease has gotten in the past two months, I really don’t think that I’ll be able to make it,” he told Houston’s KPRC-TV.
The hashtag #ForceForDaniel has been used on Twitter to bring attention to Fleetwood and in hopes Disney will grant him his dying wish. Star Wars stars Mark Hamill and John Boyega both retweeted a post asking for help spreading the word about the campaign. Peter Mayhew also retweeted a different message with the #ForceForDaniel hashtag.
The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams granted a similar wish for a dying fan tin 2013, arranging for a Star Trek fan with terminal cancer to see Star Trek Into Darkness before it was released. That man died just days after seeing the film.