Rowans Hospice in Hampshire, England, took to Twitter on Tuesday to make the plea on behalf of one of its patients, saying “time is not on his side” for mid-December, when the movie is scheduled to be released in the UK.
Bob Iger, Disney’s Chairman and CEO, tweeted on Thursday that the company would allow the patient a preview: “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!”
Thanking Disney for its help, she said: “We totally appreciate that they have had to move mountains to make this happen!”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” which is due to be released on December 19 in the UK and December 20 in the US, will be the final installment of the nine-part saga.