Longtime "Star Wars" fan Daniel Fleetwood, who suffers from spindle cell sarcoma and was given two months to live in July, just had his dying wish fulfilled: thanks to a social media campaign, he was able to see an unfinished cut of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fleetwood's wife Ashley launched a social media campaign titled #ForceForDaniel last month. The campaign caught the attention of stars like Mark Hamil and John Boyega, both of whom retweeted the initiative to Disney, Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams.
Ashley revealed on Facebook that Daniel's wish was granted, writing, "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 Daniel was getting his wish granted! ... May the force be with you all."
Directed by Abrams, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” stars franchise veterans Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, joined by newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow.
The film will be released wide Dec. 16 in France, Dec. 17 in the United Kingdom and Dec. 18 in North America.