Fan Got To See “Rogue One” Before He Died

A “Star Wars” fan was granted his final wish.

Thanks to a worldwide social media campaign started by his family, 36-year-old British artist Neil Hanvey was able to see the upcoming “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. The #RogueOneWish campaign generated a lot of support online including retweets from Mark Hamill.

This past Saturday however, Hanvey had his dream come true as he was able to see the film in a private viewing. Sadly, two days later, Hanvey lost his three-and-a-half year battle with cancer and died in hospice care. St Michael’s Hospice, where Hanvey spent the final weeks of his life, wrote on its Facebook page:

“On behalf of Neil Hanvey, his wife Andrea and all his family, we want to thank everyone who supported the #RogueOneWish campaign. The director of Rogue One, Gareth Edwards did all he could to make Saturday a very special day for Neil. Neil, his family and everyone at St Michael’s Hospice would like to say thank you to Disney, Lucasfilm and especially Gareth Edwards.”

Edwards himself has been out and about talking about the film and addressed one of the more curious questions regarding the movie – what the title actually means. He tells Empire:

“‘Rogue One’ is a military call sign to some extent, but this is the first film that’s gone off-piste and is not part of the saga – or the Anakin story – so it’s the ‘rogue’ one, you know? It’s kind of describing her [Jyn Erso] as well in a similar way. It has [all] these split, multiple meanings that made it feel like the right choice.”

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens in cinemas on December 16th.