Star Power in Effect
Fan Expo lures stellar list of celebrities to North Texas for 2023 edition
Fan Expo Dallas, the largest sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event in Texas, always manages to gather together an enviable number of movie and TV celebrities, but its upcoming event - taking place June 9-11 at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center - is more full of stars than ever.
Although the "top" celebrity is in the eye of the beholder, arguably leading the way is Zachary Levi, still a big star despite the failure of the recent Shazam! Fury of the Gods. On the comic book movie/TV show front, Sean Gunn from the Guardians of the Galaxy series, Jon Bernthal from The Punisher, and Charlie Cox and Vincent D'Onofrio from Daredevil will also be on hand.
Star Wars fans will receive a bounty of goodness, as Darth Vader himself, Hayden Christensen, will show up on Saturday. Other Star Wars universe stars appearing include Rosario Dawson (The Mandalorian, the upcoming Ahsoka) and Vivien Lyra Blair, who played the young Princess Leia in the Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series.
Nostalgia plays a key part in conventions like this, and fans will get their fill on multiple fronts. Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Christie Brinkley, and Randy Quaid will be on hand to celebrate the 40th anniversary of National Lampoon's Vacation. Also appearing will be Peter Weller of Robocop fame and Leslie David Baker, Creed Bratton, and Oscar Nuñez from The Office.
Stranger Things is one of the most popular streaming shows out there, and fans will get to see both Joseph Quinn and Grace Van Dien, who played key roles in the most recent season. Also appearing is Christina Ricci, who is having a resurgence in her career, having appeared recently in Netflix's Wednesday and Showtime's Yellowjackets.
Other notable names include Carrie-Anne Moss from The Matrix; Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, and other Clerks cast members; Danny Trejo from Machete and more; Paul Walter Hauser from Cobra Kai and more; Gabriel Luna from The Last of Us; Lana Parilla from Once Upon a Time; Bonnie Wright from the Harry Potter movie franchise; and Steve Burns from Blue's Clues.
A variety of voice actors will also make appearances, including Shameik Moore (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid), Kathleen Herles (Dora the Explorer), and more.
The length of stay for the celebrities ranges from a single day to all three days, and all appearances are subject to change; check the event schedule for if/when your favorite star will be making an appearance.
The three-day event also includes family-friendly attractions, comic creators, cosplayers, and more.
Single day tickets are $33. Three-day passes range from $89-$105, and you can also get the Ultimate Fan Package, which ranges from $129-$145. Discounts are available for kids and family packs. Photo ops and autographs with celebrities are typically an extra cost.