Terminally Ill Star Wars Fan’s Last Wish Is To See Rogue One

Disney and Lucasfilm are coming through for John Baillie.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story poster Felicity Jones
Force is strong Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Felicity Jones. Image Disney/Lucasfilm

A terminally ill Star Wars fan’s last wish is to see the forthcoming blockbuster Rogue One before he passes away – and his sister has launched a campaign to make it happen.

John Baillie, who hails from Heaton, Newcastle but now lives in Australia, is suffering from stage four brain cancer and was told by doctors in August he only had months to live.

The 41-year-old may not be alive to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which opens in cinemas this December.

As reported by Chronicle, John’s sister Sarah Hunter launched a social media campaign to help him see the movie early – and it looks like Disney and Lucasfilm have taken note and will come through.

“Someone contacted me and said they would look into arranging a private screening for him,” Sarah said.

“I’m keeping everything crossed because his health is so fragile and I need him to see this film – it would make him so happy.”

Sarah explained that her mother originally alerted her about John’s reaction to the last Rogue One trailer, a teaser that prompted him to burst into tears.

“He had all the Star Wars figures as a child, now has Star Wars tattoos and memorabilia in his house and the last thing he said before he went in for his first operation was: ‘I hope I remember the end of Star Wars after this,’” Sara said.

“When John saw the trailer he started shaking and my mum realised that he was crying. He obviously realised that he might not be around to watch it and got very emotional.”

An act of kindness from Lucasfilm will surely be on the cards for John, particularly as JJ Abrams arranged for late fan Daniel Fleetwood to see the film in 2015 and Neil Hanvey was shown an earlier cut of Rogue One before he died over the summer.

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