Mark Hamill retweeted a story about the campaign to his 1.2 million followers

By Jodi Guglielmi
August 23, 2016 11:25 AM
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Mark Hamill is doing his part to help a terminally ill fan see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story before it’s released in theaters.

A hospice worker named Amy Duncan launched a social media campaign last week asking for the upcoming Star Wars spinoff to be screened for illustrator Neil Hanvey from Oldham, England, who was recently told he has only six to eight months to live. With Rogue One set for release on Dec. 16, those close to Hanvey fear the 36-year-old may not have a chance to see the film before his condition deteriorates.

After the hashtag #RogueOneWish started trending, as it urged filmmakers to allow Hanvey to watch an early version of the movie from his hospital bed, it caught the attention of the franchise veteran.

Over the weekend, Hamill, 64, retweeted a story about the campaign to his 1.2 million followers.

In Rogue One, a maverick band of rebel fighters embarks on a desperate mission to steal the plans to the Death Star before the Emperor can crush the rebellion – the very same plans Princess Leia would end up hiding in R2-D2 at the beginning of Star Wars: A New Hope. The film stars Felicity Jones as the newest franchise heroine.

Last year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was screened for terminally ill fan Daniel Fleetwood on Nov. 5. – just days before he died.