‘Star Wars’ Fan Gets Dying Wish To See Final Film
(CNN) – A dying “Star Wars” fan received one of his final wishes.
The patient wanted to watch the newest movie in the franchise, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” The problem is that film hasn’t been released yet, and it won’t be in theaters until mid-December.
Rowans Hospice in Hampshire, England, where the patient is being treated, took to Twitter on Nov. 26 to make the plea on the patient’s behalf, writing that “time is not on his side.”
Can you help? We have a patient who's a HUGE #StarWars fan. Sadly, time is not on his side for the 20th Dec. His wish is to see the final Star Wars film #RiseOfSkywalker with his young son. If you know ANYBODY who might be able to make it happen, please share with them. Thank you
— Rowans Hospice (@RowansHospice) November 26, 2019
The appeal was met with strong support on social media, with the likes of Mark Hamill – Luke Skywalker himself – wishing the hospice “good luck” with its request.
Contact @Disney. They are the only ones who can make this happen. Good luck!
— Mark HoHoHoHamill (@HamillHimself) November 26, 2019
On Thanksgiving Day, Disney’s chairman and CEO, Bob Iger, responded.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) November 28, 2019
He said the company would allow the patient a preview, tweeting “On this Thanksgiving, we at @Disney are grateful to be able to share #TheRiseOfSkywalker with a patient and his family @RowansHospice. May the force be with you and with us all!”
The patient released a statement thanking Disney, saying he felt like he won the lottery.
This morning, a very nice man named Jonathan from Disney turned up at our Hospice with a laptop that had a very important movie on it. Our amazing patient has now seen #StarWars #RiseofSkywalker with his son 💚
— Rowans Hospice (@RowansHospice) November 29, 2019