Similar to the plot of the movie Fanboys, and after what can be assumed was a giant non-disclosure agreement that had to be signed, a British man with a terminal illness was allowed to watch the upcoming film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker with his family.

What’s Happening:

  • Rowans Hospice is a local charity which provides specialist hospice care and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses resident in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire, their relatives and carers. All the care given is without charge.
  • A patient being treated at Rowan’s Hospice in Hampshire, England (who prefers that he and his family remain anonymous) was treated to an incredibly special gift, a private advanced screening of the upcoming release Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
  • This was all arranged after an employee of the hospice noticed the patient had a Star Wars tattoo on his leg.
  • Disney CEO Bob Iger tweeted on November 28th, confirming the viewing had taken place. “On this Thanksgiving, we at @Disney are grateful to be able to share #TheRiseOfSkywalker with a patient and his family @RowansHospice. May the force be with you and with us all!”
  • Magician Sean Boon shared a photo (above) of the patient and others keeping their anonymity on Twitter by wearing Star Wars costumes. "I'm the tall handsome Stormtrooper in the pic," Boon wrote in the tweet.
  • The film was watched by the patient, his son, his wife, another son, and the patient's two brothers. According to reports, Everyone in the room had to sign a non-disclosure agreement before watching the movie on a large iPad.
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is due in theaters December 20th, 2019.

What They’re Saying:

  • The Patient, via statement from the Hospice: “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. 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. The only way I can describe this to you is to say that this must be what it feels like to be told you have won a million pounds!”

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