A dying man who is a “Star Wars” fan watched “The Rise of Skywalker” on Friday, nearly three weeks ahead of its scheduled release.
NBC report that, the terminal ill man was joined by his wife, two young sons and two brothers in the patient’s room to see the latest “Star Wars” movie.
According to Rowans Hospice Chief Executive, Ruth White, Her employee, Lisa Davies spotted a “Star Wars” tattoo on the man’s leg, which launched efforts to bring the movie to his room.
In a post on Rowans Hospice Twitter account, seeking for help so that dying man can get his wishes.
The hospice tweeted the dying man’s request on Tuesday and the viral campaign got a Twitter boost from actor Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker. It took just 48 hours for Disney, the company that controls the “Star Wars” franchise, to grant it.
“On this Thanksgiving, we at @Disney are grateful to be able to share #TheRiseOfSkywalker with a patient and his family @RowansHospice,” Disney Chairman and CEO Robert Iger tweeted on Thursday. “May the force be with you and with us all!”
Disney representative arrived at Rowans Hospice in Waterlooville, south of London on Friday, with a bag that contained a hard drive with the much-anticipated movie, White said.
After everyone in the room signed non-disclosure agreements, the man and his loved ones watched “The Rise of Skywalker” on a large iPad, before Disney rep left with the hard drive, according to White.
“It is a bittersweet, of course,” White said, declining to specify the man’s illness. “People were smiling and everyone was so happy. But there’s also tears in our eyes, too, because of the poignancy of the situation.”