Campaign launched to let terminally ill fan see Star Wars: The Force Awakens early

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Dec 17, 2018, 5:00 PM EST (Updated)

Will J.J. Abrams open the mystery box a little early to grant a Star Wars fan his last wish?

That's the question that faces the notoriously secretive director now, as a campaign has been launched to let a dying fan see Star Wars: The Force Awakens before his time runs out.

Thirty-two-year-old Daniel Fleetwood was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called spindle cell carcoma this past July, with doctors giving him only two months to live. 

Daniel, who has been a Star Wars fan since he was 8 or 9 years old, is still with us, but is not sure if he will be here when the new movie opens on Dec. 18. He told a Houston TV station, "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."

So now his wife Ashley has started a campaign aimed at Disney (which owns Lucasfilm) and Bad Robot (Abrams' company), asking them to arrange a private screening of the movie for her husband. The campaign's Twitter hashtag, #ForceForDaniel, has already been retweeted by stars Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew and John Boyega to show their support.



There's no word yet from Abrams on what he will do, but there is precedent: In 2013, he granted a similar wish to a dying Star Trek fan and showed him Star Trek Into Darkness ahead of its release. The fan, named Daniel Craft, died just a few days after seeing the movie.

The Fleetwoods have also launched a GoFundMe page to help with Daniel Fleetwood's medical bills, and if you want to join the #ForceForDaniel campaign you can find it on Twitter. Do you think Abrams, Disney and Lucasfilm should grant Daniel Fleetwood his wish before it's too late?

(via Collider and The Hollywood Reporter)

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