Terminally ill Daniel Fleetwood is granted dying wish: a private screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Terminally ill Daniel Fleetwood is granted dying wish: a private screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

A man who was meant to die in September sees the new film more than a month ahead of its cinematic release


Ashley Fleetwood (L) remains supportive of her husband Daniel Fleetwood, and grateful for all the help they received to make his dream come true.
Photo: The Washington Post

Daniel Fleetwood received his dying wish to know what happened next in the Stars War saga.

The mega-fan, who is terminally ill, received a phone call from director JJ Abrams on Wednesday, saying he wanted to give Fleetwood a private screening of the uncut version. On Thursday, Fleetwood watched the four-hour unedited version of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, which isn’t being released until Dec. 18.

"Daniel really wanted to see that movie. That was the thing he was hanging on for," said his father, Dennis Fleetwood.


His son has spindle cell sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. The older Fleetwood, 62, who is an anesthesiologist, said his son’s illness is progressing quickly.

Fleetwood introduced his son to the first three Stars Wars movies when he was very young, and his son watched them over and over. When the newer films were released, he camped out for tickets. He kept one ticket marked "001", which meant he was the first in line.

Daniel’s wife, Ashley, started the #ForceforDaniel campaign for her husband to see the movie before he died and it quickly went viral. It even caught the attention of some actors of the film, including Mark Hamill who played Luke Skywalker. Hamill retweeted the good news Thursday, adding:

Fleetwood's oncologist had given him two months to live back in July, but the quickly deteriorating Fleetwood and his wife believes his wish to see the latest film is keeping him going.

Ashley Fleetwood posted the update on her Facebook page, which has quickly morphed into a #ForceforDaniel tribute for all his old and new fans:



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