JJ Abrams screens new ‘Star Wars’ movie for terminally ill fan

Abrams arranged for Daniel Fleetwood to see 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' earlier this week

JJ Abrams has organised a special screening of the new Star Wars movie for a terminally ill fan.

Daniel Fleetwood, 32, was given two months to live in July after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called spindle cell sarcoma. Following his diagnosis, friends and family launched a social media campaign to convince Disney to allow him to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens ahead of its December release.

Star Wars actors John Boyega, Mark Hamill and Peter Mayhew all helped to publicise the campaign by retweeting the #ForceforDaniel hashtag, and now Fleetwood’s wife has confirmed that their collective effort has been successful.

She wrote on Facebook yesterday: “To all our wonderful supporters, friends, family and awesome strangers: Daniels final dream was just granted!!! Today the wonderful Disney and Lucasfilms made his final dream come true, in the amazing typical Disney way, they really do make dreams come true!

“Daniel just finished watching an unedited version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!! We would like to thank the awesomely talented JJ Abrams for calling us yesterday to tell us Daniel was getting his wish granted! We also would like to thank Lynne, Ben and Anahuac for coming to our home and screening the movie for Daniel.

Lastly I want to thank ALL the amazing people who helped make this happen, thank you beyond words!!! May the force be with you all smile emoticon ‪#‎forcefordaniel‬ !!!!”


Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release in the UK on December 17 and in the US a day later. It takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi though specific plot details are being kept tightly under the wraps. The film’s script was penned by director J.J. Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.

Alongside Daisy Ridley and the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast also includes Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and Andy Serkis. Meanwhile, it has recently emerged that the film will feature a character apparently named after a Beastie Boys album.

Hamill’s character Luke Skywalker has been conspicuously absent from recent promos for the movie, a state of affairs which Abrams recently admitted is “no accident”.