While the rest of us are content to see new footage in trailers, one Star Wars fan’s final wish just came true in spectacular fashion. An early cut of The Force Awakens was specially screened for a terminally ill man from Texas.
Daniel Fleetwood, a Star Wars superfan since childhood, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and given two months to live in July. He feared he would never see the film released in December, so the internet banded together to campaign for his dying wish – to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens early – to be granted. Mark Hamill and members of the cast even supported the #ForceForDaniel campaign.
Fleetwood’s dream came true last week, when director J.J. Abrams called to give him the good news. Fleetwood and his wife enjoyed an unedited version of the film, screened at their home, two months before the rest of the world.
Thanks to Abrams, Disney, Lucasfilms and Fleetwood for reminding us that occasionally the internet is a force (or is that ‘Force’?) for good.