Neil Hanvey, 36, is a really big Star Wars fan. Sadly, he also just has 2-4 months left to live due to his deteriorating health. So a group of supporters (and Mark Hamill himself) are trying to grant one parting wish for Neil.
Hanvey really wanted to check out Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but the odds are against him actually surviving until the release date in December. To try and help him get a peek at the film ahead of the release date, his wife teamed up with his healthcare assistant to start a social media campaign pushing Disney and Lucasfilm to allow Neil to see the movie early.
The team has started a Facebook page for the campaign, and they’re attempting to rally fans at #RogueOneWish on Twitter. Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, tossed his support behind Hanvey by retweeting a report about the campaign, which certainly helped bring some fresh attention to the subject (while also getting one of the franchise’s stars and patron saints behind it).
If you’ll remember, it’s not unheard of for the studio to offer the film up early for a terminally ill fan in these extenuating circumstances. A similar campaign happened last year ahead of the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, when 32-year-old superfan Daniel Fleetwood was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. That campaign ended with Fleetwood successfully getting a chance to see the film before his passing.
Here’s hoping Disney will extend the same courtesy to Hanvey.