Be the most informed person in the room with Newsy's free e-newsletter

View our privacy policy:
Getty Images / Jesse Grant

Dying Fan Asks Disney To See The New 'Star Wars' Movie Early

A cancer patient and fan of "Star Wars" doesn't have much longer to live, which is why he's asking to see the newest film early.

By Melissa Prax | November 3, 2015

December's release of the new "Star Wars" movie may not seem far, far away. But for a Houston-area man with a rare form of cancer, a month could mean he'll never get to see the film.

The hashtag #ForceforDaniel has been spreading through social media, asking Walt Disney Studios to grant Daniel Fleetwood's dying wish — to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" before its official release.

"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," Fleetwood told a reporter for KPRC.

Article Continues Below

Some big names have retweeted posts supporting Fleetwood, including John Boyega, who plays Finn, and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.

A request like this isn't unprecedented. When Disney and Pixar's "Up" came out in 2009, a California girl with cancer couldn't make it to the theater, so Pixar sent a copy to her home.

As for Fleetwood, he's living months past when his doctor told him he would. He says it's because of "Star Wars," but as you heard, he doesn't think he has much longer. Disney and Lucasfilm have not yet responded to Fleetwood's wish.

This video includes images from Getty Images.

Want to see more stories like this?
Like Newsy on Facebook for More Life/Culture Coverage