Terminally Ill Star Wars Fan Allowed To See Rogue One

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Hanvey's family started a social media movement in April, after he was given eight months to live, to get the word out about his final wish.

It isn't the first time a dying Star Wars fan has scored a special screening - previous year (15), Daniel Fleetwood saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens early, just days before he lost his battle with cancer. Then previous year the friends and family of Daniel Fleetwood started an online campaign for him to see The Force Awakens as his dying wish (which was fulfilled).

And, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards also heard about the man's wish, and sent over a special preview version of the film, months before its scheduled December release.

It reads: "On behalf of Neil Hanvey, his wife Andrea and all his family, we want to thank everyone who supported the #RogueOneWish campaign".

Last week we brought you the story of Neil Hanvey, the well-known illustrator and Star Wars fanatic hoping to see the much-anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story early. Earlier this week, the publication released new images of Felicity Jones and Diego Luna's characters alongside driod K-2SO and now the magazine has uncovered the meaning behind the Rogue One title in an interview with director Gareth Edwards. "It's kind of describing her as well in a similar way", says Edwards.

The campaign gained a great deal of traction, with people across the world sharing the message of #RogueOneWish.

They were backed by none other than Mark Hamill, who retweeted a message from one of Neil's friends about the campaign. All the messages of love during the past week have given us a great deal of comfort during a very hard time. "All the messages of love during the past week have given us a great deal of comfort during a very hard time.We would also like to thank everyone at St Michael's Hospice, especially Amy Duncan, without who #RogueOneWish would not have happened. An online donation page will be set-up shortly".



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