A few years ago JJ Abrams arranged for an early screening of his Star Trek Into Darkness to be shown to a terminally ill boy, and now the director has done it again.
This past week, Daniel Fleetwood, a terminally ill 32-year-old man from Texas, went viral. Suffering from the connective tissue cancer known as spindle cell sarcoma, he was told back in July that he only had two months to live. Fleetwood’s dying wish was to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens before its official release date.
Abrams contacted Fleetwood and arranged an early, unedited screening of what could become the biggest film of all time. Proof that Abrams is a rather nice fella, and he really has made the film for the fans, as he says.
Daniel’s wife Ashley released a statement thanking Abrams, Disney and LucasFilm for making her husbands dying wish a reality:
“To all our wonderful supporters, friends, family and awesome strangers: Daniels final dream was just granted!!! Today the wonderful Disney and Lucasfilms made his final dream come true, in the amazing typical Disney way, they really do make dreams come true!
Daniel just finished watching an unedited version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!! We would like to thank the awesomely talented JJ Abrams for calling us yesterday to tell us Danjel was getting his wish granted! We also would like to thank Lynne, Ben and Anahuac for coming to our home and screening the movie for Daniel. Lastly I want to thank ALL the amazing people who helped make this happen, thank you beyond words!!! May the force be with you all “smile emoticon” #forcefordaniel !!!!”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in UK cinemas December 17th, 2015.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, and features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.
The film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk, and John Williams returns as the composer. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is Episode VII in the Star Wars Saga.