Sunday, November 8, 2015

Star Wars Actors Are Real-Life Heroes

This Star Wars fan with rare cancer has just watched The Force Awakens

A man dying from a rare form of cancer has been given the chance to watch "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" early.

Two Star Wars actors backed a campaign for Daniel Fleetwood, 32, to see the film before its release. Mark Hamill, the original Luke Skywalker and John Boyega, who will play Finn in the new movie, pushed for the "dream" to happen.

They got involved after an appeal on Daniel's local news show in Houston, Texas.

Both Hamill and Boyega retweeted the hashtag #ForceForDaniel.

He is suffering from a rare form of cancer called spindle cell sarcoma, and was told he had two months to live in July.

He told KPRC-TV: "Judging by how progressive the disease has gotten in the past two months I really don't think that I'll be able to make it.

"I just love Star Wars... with everything I got, I love Star Wars."

Daniel's wife, Ashley, posted on Facebook: "Daniel just finished watching an unedited version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!! thanked the "talented [director] JJ Abrams for calling us to tell us Daniel was getting his wish.

"I want to thank ALL the amazing people who helped make this happen, thank you beyond words!!! May the force be with you all."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the first film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the first one directed by JJ Abrams.

The film opens in cinemas on 17 December in the UK and 18 December in the US