Taking a look at the stars from TV, film, and animation
By Brittney MacDonald, Life & Style Editor
As many nerds are aware, Fan Expo Vancouver is less than a month away. In an effort to generate more interest, the organizers have slowly but surely been revealing more and more of the star-studded guest list. Though it probably won’t be as exciting as Fan Expo’s East Coast counterpart—I love you Tim Curry!—there’s bound to be a few familiar faces that will attract your attention.
From TV, many of Vancouver’s local productions will be lending an actor or two. If you’re a fan of The Flash, headliner Grant Gustin will be there, along with his much beloved co-stars; Tom Cavanagh, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdez, and Danielle Panabaker. Yep you read that right, pretty much the entire mainstay cast. Arrow junkies will flip for an appearance by Stephen Amell—but be warned, he will only be there on Saturday! His co-stars, David Ramsey and Paul Blackthorne, will apparently be there the entire weekend. If you like the Arrow spin-off DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, fan-favourite Caity Lotz will be in attendance. Super big sci-fi nerds who look fondly at the SFU Burnaby campus with memories of Stargate SG-1: You’ll be happy to know that Michael Shanks will be making an appearance.
For out-of-towners, we have my personal favourite on-screen couple, T.J. Thyne and Michaela Conlin from Bones.
Nostalgia freaks, get ready to have your mind blown because Fan Expo Vancouver is presenting you with not one, but two stars from the original Mighty Morphing Power Rangers; Austin St. John and David Yost—the original red and blue rangers. Go back a couple more decades and you’ll have Degrassi Junior High, for which Fan Expo will present you with a small reunion. Pat Mastroianni, Stephen Brogren, Stacie Mystysyn, and Kristen Bourne will all be in attendance. But to top it all off, the crème de la crème of nostalgia and just all-around awesomeness—Henry Winkler will be there!
Fans of the X-men film franchise should jump at the chance to meet Famke Jannsen, also of Walnut Grove fame.
If you’d prefer something a little more animated, Rob Paulsen—who has been a voice actor in everything from Animaniacs to Rick and Morty—will be there. Joining him is his fellow Animaniacs alumni, Maurice Lamarche, who is also best known for his roles in Futurama, Zootopia, American Dad, and Transformers—just to name a few. From the break-out anime hit Yuri on Ice, title character voice actor Josh Grelle will be in attendance.
For who to look for from the comic world, hold tight till next week! And be sure to keep up-to-date on all guest announcements through Fan Expo Vancouver’s website.