Recently a hashtag campaign was started called #ForceForDaniel in an attempt to get the attention of Disney, Lucasfilm, and director J.J. Abrams in hopes of getting a special early screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens for Daniel Fleetwood, a 32-year-old Star Wars fan who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and given only two months to live back in July.
When he started feeling like he wasn’t going to make it to the movie’s December release, the hashtag was created to ask for help. It caught on and got to the right eyes, with stars of the movie like Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega sharing the hashtag on their own social media accounts before it finally got to the “powers that be,” as Hamill put it.
Here’s Ridley helping to get the word around via her Instagram account:
Eventually all the work to get the attention of Disney, Lucasfilm, and Abrams and his Bad Robot banner paid off, and Fleetwood was able to see an early unedited cut of the movie:
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
This isn’t the first time Abrams has come through for fans like this. About five months before his Star Trek sequel Star Trek Into Darkness hit theaters, a dying fan also reached out and was heard, getting to see the film a short time before he passed away.