Terminally ill man sees ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ a month early

(WRIC/ABC) — Daniel Fleetwood had his dying wish fulfilled.

The terminally ill “Star Wars” super-fan was concerned that he wouldn’t be alive to see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” when it premieres in December. However, Disney, Bad Robot and Lucasfilm set up a private screening of the unedited film at his Texas home, his family said.

“Daniel just finished watching an unfinished version of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’!!! ” his wife Ashley Fleetwood wrote on Facebook Thursday afternoon. “We would like to thank the awesomely talented [director] JJ Abrams for calling us yesterday to tell us Daniel was getting his wish granted!”

According to his GoFundMe page, Fleetwood was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma two years ago. On Sept. 1, after the cancer grew more aggressive, his doctor told him he had one to two months to live.

Fleetwood has been a fan of “Star Wars” since he was a child and pleaded for an early screening of the franchise’s latest installment. He’s currently in hospice treatment. A social media campaign, #forcefordaniel, went viral in a matter of days.

“I want to thank ALL the amazing people who helped make this happen, thank you beyond words!!!” Ashley Fleetwood wrote on her Facebook page. “May the force be with you all #forcefordaniel!!!!”

Hamill congratulated Fleetwood and his wife after she posted news of the screening on her Facebook page.

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