With time running out, a hospice facility in England managed to secure a special advance screening of “The Rise of Skywalker” for one of its patients, a dying Star Wars fan they said would not live to see the film’s December 20 release date.
The patient, who is choosing to remain anonymous, was able to watch the film Friday morning thanks to some behind-the-scenes mountain-moving by Disney CEO Bob Iger.
“I just want to say the biggest thank you to everyone that has helped to make this happen. During what is just a horrible situation to be in, you have helped to make some wonderful memories and bring some joy to my family,” the man said in a statement. “I am a huge Star Wars fan, and what I am going through is completely dire. Then to top it all, I thought I wasn’t going to see the film I have been waiting to see since 1977! I still can’t believe it.”