The Rise of Skywalker screened early for dying Star Wars fan

Carla Harmon
December 2, 2019

Disney is taking advantage of the slower Thanksgiving weekend to keep the hype train rolling for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as the studio has debuted a new teaser for the highly-anticipated closure to the Skywalker Saga promising an epic final battle, which can be viewed in the player below!

Staff at Rowans Hospice in Waterlooville, near Portsmouth, reached out to Disney CEO Bob Iger on behalf of the patient, who wishes to remain anonymous.

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker had also asked for help for the man, tweeting: "Contact @Disney".

Iger tweeted to confirm that Disney was "grateful" to be able to share the film and the hospice responded with their thanks.

The patient later released a thank you statement to Disney, saying he felt like he won the lottery. "During what is just a frightful situation to be in, you have helped to make some wonderful memories and bring some joy to my family", the patient said in his statement. She thanked the massive Star Wars community and talked of fans visiting them, sending messages and sending out gifts to support the family.

He added: "During what is a such a awful situation to be in, you have helped make some wonderful memories and bring some joy to my family".

"I always loved Star Wars because it's got a huge heart". 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!

On Friday morning, Rowans Hospice tweeted a photo of "a very nice man named Jonathan from Disney" and "a laptop that had a very important movie on it". I still can't believe it.

The patients wife added: "We are truly humbled by everyone's support".

'We can not thank Disney enough for helping us to fulfil our patients wish, we totally appreciate that they have had to move mountains to make this happen'.

'From a simply conversation, to witnessing the out pouring of generosity has been awesome. What has happened over the past few days has been truly mind-blowing.

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.

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