Star Wars Actors Joined the Campaign to Get a Dying Fan an Early Screening of The Force Awakens
#ForceForDaniel is trying to fulfill this dying man’s last wish.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars Mark Hamill and John Boyega are putting their force behind a campaign to allow a terminally ill superfan to see the film ahead of its theatrical release date.
Daniel Fleetwood of Spring, Texas is a lifelong Star Wars fan — he collects memorabilia, has written fan fiction, and has waited in line for hours upon hours for movie tickets. But Fleetwood, only 32, is in the final stages of a rare connective tissue cancer, and time may run out before The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18.
Daniel has appealed to Walt Disney studios for a pre-release screening of the movie. Once news broke of his dying wish, the hashtag #ForceForDaniel has gained traction on social media, with Hamill and Boyega retweeting the tweet below to show their support.
“Judging by how progressive the disease has gotten in the past two months,” Daniel told KPRC in Houston, “I really don’t think that I’ll be able to make it.
“I just love Star Wars,” he said. “With everything I’ve got, I love Star Wars.”
Daniel’s oncologist said he had only two months to live back in July, so he’s already beating the odds. His wife Ashley said she think Star Wars is part of what is keeping him going.
“He still has that commitment, that drive, and that love and I think that it’s a beautiful thing,” Ashley told KPRC. “Even if it’s just a movie. That’s magic for a lot of people.”
May the force be with you, Daniel.
h/t The Hollywood Reporter