JJ Abrams lets terminally ill fan see Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Daniel Fleetwood had been the subject of a social media campaign to allow him to view the long-awaited sequel after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer this summer

A Star Wars fan given two months to live has been allowed to watch the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens early, after fears he’d miss the film when it came out.


Daniel Fleetwood, who was diagnosed with the rare spindle cell sarcoma in July, had been the subject of a Twitter campaign called #ForceForDaniel, which aimed to get the attention of director JJ Abrams and allow an early version of the film to be shown to him.

Yesterday, following support from Force Awakens stars Mark Hamill and John Boyega, Fleetwood’s wife Ashley shared the news on Facebook that her husband’s wish had been granted, with Disney and Abrams allowing an unfinished version of the film to be screened at the couple’s home. 

It’s not the first time Abrams has granted the wish of an unwell fan, having previously allowed terminally-ill Trekkie Daniel Craft to see Star Trek: Into Darkness before it came out back in 2013. Still, despite the precedent we can’t help but get a little teary-eyed at such a wonderful gesture. The force is definitely strong with this one.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released on the 17th December