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Dying Star Wars fan gets to see The Force Awakens early

The #ForceForDaniel campaign worked. Terminally ill Daniel Fleetwood has now been shown the new Star Wars film

Published 06/11/2015 | 06:30

Path to the dark side: Kylo Ren and stormtroopers in The Force Awakens.
Path to the dark side: Kylo Ren and stormtroopers in The Force Awakens.

Daniel Fleetwood, the terminally ill Star Wars fan whose appeal to see The Force Awakens early gained the support of the film’s stars earlier this week, has had his wish granted.

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After a phone call from the sequel’s director JJ Abrams, according to a Facebook post from his partner Ashley, Fleetwood was visited by Lucasfilm employees and shown an unedited version of The Force Awakens in his Houston home the following day.

The 32-year-old lifelong Star Wars lover suffers from an aggressive, rare form of cancer called spindle cell sarcoma, and was given two months to live in July. Fearing he wouldn’t live to see Abrams’s film on its December 18 release date,

Fleetwood’s friends and family began the #ForceforDaniel Twitter campaign in order to convince Disney and Lucasfilm to allow him a sneak preview.

Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill, who supported the campaign along with co-stars John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, has tweeted his thanks to the “powers that be” for allowing Fleetwood to become one of the handful of people outside Disney and Lucasfilm to have seen the eighth film in the franchise.

"I just love Star Wars," Fleetwood said earlier this week. "With everything I got I love Star Wars.” He is yet to deliver his verdict on The Force Awakens.

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