January 4, 2013
JJ Abrams arranges advance screening of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' for dying fan
The director responded to a appeal started by the man's friend on social news site Reddit
JJ Abrams arranged a special advance screening of his new Star Trek movie for a terminally ill fan, the man's wife has revealed.
The man, known only as Dan, is a "huge movie buff" who has been struck down with several forms of cancer and apparently has "weeks to live". He recently attended an IMAX screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in the hope of seeing the nine-minute preview of Star Trek Into Darkness that is supposed to be shown beforehand.
After the preview failed to play, a friend who goes by the username "ideeeyut" launched an appeal on social news site Reddit to help Dan to see the film. The appeal soon gathered pace on other social media sites including Facebook and Twitter.
Director Abrams responded to the campaign and Dan's wife has now taken to Reddit to confirm that her husband has seen the film. She posted: "Hi everyone, it's Daniel's wife, we are of course sworn to secrecy, BUT we are officially allowed to say we saw it and we enjoyed it IMMENSELY as a film and as a gesture."
Thanking Abrams for his kindness, she continued: "This is also so poignant as JJ Abrams took so much care in the first Star Trek movie to at least TRY to get everything 'right' for the fans and we were so touched when he was concerned that we wouldn't 100% enjoy the screening as it's still being worked on....... Be assured we enjoyed it 110%!"
Star Trek Into Darkness is due to open in UK cinemas on May 17. Alongside Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock, the film also stars Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch as a mysterious villain called John Harrison. Scroll down and click 'play' to watch the trailer.
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