Matt Smith, William Shatner, Patrick Stewart to visit Fan Expo 2014

by W. Andrew Powell
Matt Smith

Whether you’re a fan of Star Trek, The Walking Dead, comic books, horror, video games, or even the classic series Twin Peaks, Fan Expo has some big names in store for you this year, Toronto.

From August 28 to 31, Fan Expo will welcome nerd heroes William Shatner and Patrick Stewart, Stan Lee, Nathan Fillion, Bruce Campbell, Matt Smith, Elijah Wood, Dave Bautista, and a slew of other actors and stars at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

“This year’s celebrity line-up brings the most iconic names in film and TV together under one roof including living legends William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Stan Lee, and Adam West,” said Fan Expo HQ president Steve Menzie. “This year will also add another level of fandom with a new generation of sub-culture royalty Stephen Amell, Ian Somerhalder, and pro-cosplayers and YouTube sensations like Yaya Han.”

Last year’s news that Informa had bought out Hobby Star Marketing, which ran Fan Expo, was obviously a good thing. In 2013 the event felt like a big upgrade over previous years, and in 2014, Informa seems to be carrying that idea even further as they seem to be working to bring in bigger names and more people from particular shows.

One of the biggest announcements for 2014, might be the Twin Peaks mini-reunion as stars Ray Wise, Sheryl Lee and Sherilynn Fenn are all set to meet and greet fans.

Here is the current list of celebrity guests headed to fan expo this year:
William Shatner (Star Trek)
Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men franchise)
Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws)
Stan Lee (legendary comic book creator of Spider-Man, X-Men fame)
Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly & Serenity)
Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead)
Elijah Wood (The Lord Of The Rings)
Adam West, Burt Ward (Batman television series)
Danai Gurira, Lauren Cohan, Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead)
Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon (A Nightmare On Elm Street)
Dave Bautista – Aka “Batista” (WWE & Guardians Of The Galaxy)
Hulk Hogan (WWE)
Ray Park (Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, X-Men, G.I. Joe)
Ray Wise, Sheryl Lee, Sherilynn Fenn (Twin Peaks)
T.J. Thyne (Bones)
Ted Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man)
Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite)
Yaya Han, Jessica Nigri, Meg Turney (Celebrity Cosplayers)
Matt Smith (Doctor Who)
Stephen Amell (Arrow)
Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries)

For more details visit and stay tuned to The GATE for coverage during the event.

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