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Man's Dying Wish Granted: To See 'Into Darkness'

J.J. Abrams allows a rare preview into his film projects

One couple has had a chance that few others, if any, outside of J.J. Abrams' inner circle ever get to see: A rough cut of the upcoming film "Star Trek: Into Darkness."

But a man identified only as "Dan," along with his wife, are not just anybody. In fact, the only chance the couple had to see the film together was by getting a sneak preview now, because Dan himself has just weeks to live.

Dan reportedly has been diagnosed with two different forms of cancer over the past three years, according to Yahoo! News, and after being disappointed by not getting a chance to see the extended preview of "Into Darkness" ahead of an IMAX screening of "The Hobbit," felt he may never get a chance to see it.

However, Dan's friend and hundreds of fans across a few different social networks sprang to action. And it didn't take much for them to convince Abrams to do the unthinkable -- let a fan see his work before it's done.

"We were so touched when he was concerned that we wouldn't 100 percent enjoy the screening as it's still being worked on," Dan's wife reportedly said through a friend on the Reddit site. "Be assured, we enjoyed it 110 percent."

Don't expect any details about what they saw from Dan and his wife, but she did add that they "enjoyed it immensely as a film and as a gesture."

The rest of Star Trek fandom (and moviegoers alike) will have their own chance to screen "Into Darkness" when the film premieres in May, looking to follow the blockbuster hit of its 2009 predecessor, which grossed $385.7 million worldwide. Both films were directed by Abrams, and stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban. The most recent installment includes a yet-to-be-identified villain played by "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch.

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