Terminally ill ‘Star Wars’ fan granted wish to see ‘Rogue One’ early

Mark Hamill backed the campaign to let Neil Hanvey see the film

A terminally ill Star Wars fan has been granted his wish to see the forthcoming spin-off film Rogue One before its release.

After Neil Hanvey, 36, was told he had months to live in April, his family started a campaign to give him a chance to see the new Star Wars film ahead of its December launch.

They were backed by none other than Mark Hamill, who retweeted a message from one of Neil’s friends about the campaign.


Harvey sadly passed away earlier this week but the hospice he was admitted to confirmed that the campaign had been successful in a statement on their Facebook page.

It reads: “On behalf of Neil Hanvey, his wife Andrea and all his family, we want to thank everyone who supported the #RogueOneWish campaign. The director of Rogue One, Gareth Edwards did all he could to make Saturday a very special day for Neil. Neil, his family and everyone at St Michael’s Hospice would like to say thank you to Disney, Lucasfilm and especially Gareth Edwards.”

It isn’t the first time, Disney have given a Star Wars fan permission to see a film early.

Last year, terminally-ill Daniel Fleetwood was able to Star Wars: The Force Awakens before succumbing to cancer shortly afterwards.