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Terminally Ill Star Wars Fan Got To See Upcoming Rogue One Film Before He Died

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Neil Hanvey's dying wish came true.

On Saturday, the terminally ill Star Wars fan got an advance screening of the film franchise's upcoming release, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Over the weekend, the ailing man was actually able to watch the movie with his his wife and family members, from his bed at England's St. Michael's Hospice.

Related: Kenny Baker, Who Played R2-D2, Died

Tragically, Neil passed away on Monday at 36 years old, after losing his battle with cancer.

But, before his death, hospice staff had organized a social media campaign to get Mr. Hanvey that advanced viewing. Last week, Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the famed franchise, saw the campaign, and took to Twitter to support the effort, retweeting this post (below):

And, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards also heard about the man's wish, and sent over a special preview version of the film, months before its scheduled December release.

After the Saturday screening, the hospice issued a statement about the heartwarming gesture, and revealed the filmmaker did "all he could" to grant Neil's request:

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Kenny Baker, The Man Who Played R2-D2 In The Star Wars Films, Has Passed Away At 81

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So sad — a true legend in his own right has passed.

Kenny Baker shot to fame in 1977 when he played R2-D2 in the first Star Wars film, and he went on to play the character in a total of five more films in the series between then and 2005.

Now, news has come down that he has sadly passed away.

Related: Rogue One Is In Trouble Thanks To Extensive Reshoots!

The 3' 8" actor — who also appeared in many much-loved films of the 1980s like The Elephant Man, Flash Gordon, and Time Bandits — was 81 years old.

According to his niece Abigail Shield, the passing was not particularly unexpected, as she told The Guardian:

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Darth Vader Makes His Return In New Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer — Watch HERE!

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The summer Olympics in Rio this year have been quite exciting, but last night may've pulled a couple extra viewers in thanks to Disney dropping the new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story DURING the games!

Even though fans had to wait over two hours into the primetime Olympic coverage for the new trailer, we FINALLY got what we were all waiting for with new action packed footage from the sci-fi epic!

Related: Rogue One In Trouble Thanks To Extensive Reshoots!

The upcoming flick takes place before the events of the first Star Wars movie from 1977, and revolves around a team that is asked to steal the Death Star's design plans. Not only is the movie directed by Gareth Edwards, but it also stars Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker, and Ben Mendelsohn. Not to mention, James Earl Jones has returned to voice famed villain Darth Vader — who you get a quick glimpse of too!

Ch-ch-check out the incredible new trailer (below) and make sure you mark your calendars for December 16, 2016 when Rogue One hits theaters!

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John Boyega Plays Pokémon Go On The Set Of Star Wars — And He's Not The Only Celeb Who's Obsessed…

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While fans are anxiously awaiting Star Wars: The Force Awakens' sequel, breakout star John Boyega has his mind on another craze — Pokémon!

People around the world have been obsessed with Pokémon Go and celebrities aren't immune from wanting to catch them all — apparently even while they're filming a MASSIVE blockbuster!

Boyega recently revealed to TechCrunch:

"I found a Pikachu at Pinewood Studios while filming Star Wars. I told EVERYBODY. ‘I got a Pikachu!' I was the most popular kid on set for like a day."

Ha!

Of course John isn't the first celeb to get hooked on the mobile game as Demi Lovato, Chrissy Teigen and several more celebs can't seem to get enough!

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Sharknado: The 4th Awakens Was The Wackiest, Craziest, Most Nonsensical Yet! Check Out The Best Moments In GIFs!

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The fourth installment of SyFy's cringeworthy Sharknado series came back in full force on Sunday — and there was no shortage of incredibly ridiculous moments, celebrity cameos, and Star Wars references in The 4th Awakens!

Like its three predecessors, the film had plenty of off-the-wall moments that had no logical reason whatsoever — but this go-round really kicked up the craziness to a whole new level!

Ian Ziering returned as our favorite shark-fighter Fin Shepard, now living on a farm in Kansas raising his young son who believes his mother was a shark.

Video: Tara Performs Cringeworthy Marriage Boot Camp Anger Exercise!

Little does the boy know that his mother April (Tara Reid) was actually resurrected as a robot (because, why not?) by her dad Gary Busey after her apparent death in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No.

The heroes have a new team of allies — and returning badass David Hasselhoff — to take on the Sharknados, in addition to Sandnados, Bouldernados, Lightningnados, and Firenados! Yikes!

But the various nados don't compare in laughability to the wacky guest stars — from Carrot Top playing an Uber driver (by far the most realistic part of the film), to Gilbert Gottfried playing a storm chaser, and some of the Real Housewives playing astrophysicists.

Ch-ch-check out the most HIGHlarious moments from Sharknado 4 (below)!

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Melissa McCarthy, Adam Sandler, 50 Cent, & More Stars Audition For Young Han Solo In HIGHlarious Conan Comic-Con Special!

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Melissa McCarthy may have successfully led the Ghostbusters reboot, but she won't be starring in a Star Wars spinoff anytime soon!

The comedienne was one of several A-list stars who auditioned to play young Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars prequel — and let's just say we're now very glad the role went to Alden Ehrenreich!

In a hilarious sketch on Saturday's special San Diego Comic-Con episode of Conan, a handful of celebs tried out their best impressions of the beloved character.

Video: Amber Rose Tells Conan How To Have A Successful Orgy!

All donning Han's iconic vest, Bill Hader proved he was much better at playing Jabba the Hut, 50 Cent was a little too intimidating with Han's glock, and Adam Sandler did his best adult baby babbling a la Billy Madison.

Ch-ch-check out the skit (below) to see Will Arnett, Jeff Goldblum, and even Jodie Foster auditioning for young Han!

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