Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker: Dying fan gets early screening

Disney lets dying fan see 'Rise of Skywalker' before it's too late

Disney lets dying fan see 'Rise of Skywalker' before it's too late

Disney gave a dying Star Wars fan a huge last wish, Friday, by reaching out to a British hospice care center to set up an advanced screening of the studio's highly anticipated upcoming film The Rise of Skywalker.

After Disney's Chairman and CEO Bob Iger heard that a patient at Rowans Hospice in England would not make it until December 20 - when Skywalker is set to hit theaters - Disney agreed to make a special exception and let the patient and his young son preview the film early. Bob Iger the chief of Disney has pulled string for the English man who is being treated at the Rowans Hospice in Waterloo, Hampshire in England.

The tweet was met with strong support and was wished "Good luck" by the actor of Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill.

Iger tweeted his decision on Thanksgiving Day, saying, "On this Thanksgiving, we at Disney are grateful to share The Rise of Skywalker with a patient and his family".

However, we likely won't get to see Leia wielding it since there probably wasn't any unused footage of Carrie Fisher doing that in The Force Awakens.

'Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this happen.

He added: "During what is a such a terrible situation to be in, you have helped make some wonderful memories and bring some joy to my family". And though we still don't have an opening date for this new film, a new sign has been installed where the entrance to this new film-based attraction will eventually go, which is hopefully a sign that we'll see an opening soon!

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The patient, who does not wish to be named, said he wanted to thank everyone who had helped him see the film that he had been waiting for since 1977.

The patient thanked Disney in a statement released by the hospice, saying he felt like he won the lottery.

'I still can't believe it.

The patients wife added: "We are truly humbled by everyone's support". From a simple conversation to witnessing the outpouring of generosity has been wonderful.

The Rise of Skywalker doesn't hit theaters until next month, but a pair of special Star Wars fans got to see it early this week.

"The response from everyone, including the Star Wars community, has been absolutely phenomenal over the last few days", Davies continued. The fantastic people who have visited, along with the messages and gifts we have received have provided us with an opportunity to talk to our son more about the reality of his dad's condition.

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