In the 2009 film Fanboys, a group of friends played by Sam Huntington, Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel and Kristen Bell undertake a cross-country mission to sneak their dying friend – played by Chris Marquette – into Skywalker Ranch to fulfill his last wish to see Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. While that movie was a comedy, it now has a sad real-life parallel in the tale Daniel Fleetwood, a Star Wars fan with, shall we say, an uncertain lifespan, who would also like to see the next Star Wars movie before he passes. But unlike the main character of Fanboys, who had only a ragtag group of nerds in his corner, Daniel has Mark Hamill.
The once and future Luke Skywalker, along with the inheritor of his lightsaber John Boyega, were two of nearly 2,000 people that retweeted the following message:
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According to KPRC 2 Houston, Fleetwood has terminal cancer, a rare form of connective tissue cancer called spindle cell sarcoma. Back in July he was given only two months to live by his doctors, so given the fact that he has already beaten the clock by two months, Daniel is not banking on the idea that he will beat the odds for two months more till the wide release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18.
“Judging by how progressive the disease has gotten in the past two months. I really don’t think that I’ll be able to make it,” Daniel said.
“It’s a commitment and he still has that commitment, that drive, and that love and I think that it’s a beautiful thing,” added his wife Ashley. “Even if it’s just a movie. That’s magic for a lot of people.”
No word yet on whether or not Disney will grant Daniel’s last request, but Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams does have experience in this regard as he helped a dying Star Trek fan get a chance to see an early cut of Star Trek Into Darkness. Hopefully Disney can be just as accommodating as Paramount.
We’ll keep you posted as to whether or not there will be #ForceForDaniel
Source: Geek Tyrant
Category: Nerd Culture