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The Stars Of Stranger Things, ET And Predator Will All Be In Manchester This weekend

By Laura O'Neill

Meet the stars of iconic sci-fi films and tv shows.

Who shot first: Greedo or Han? All your wonderfully nerdy questions will be welcome at For The Love of Sci-Fi, a convention created by fans, for fans. This weekend (Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2) stars of the big and small screen will converge on Bowlers Exhibition Centre to meet guests, answer questions and pose for pictures.

Fans will have the chance to meet Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas) and Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin) from Stranger Things and grab a picture on Will’s couch. Along with stars of iconic films including Henry Thomas (Elliot) from ET,  Jesse Ventura and Bill Duke from Predator and Carl Weathers and Brigitte Nielsen from Rocky.

Guests will also have the opportunity to see iconic pieces of sci-fi movie history up close, including full-scale prop sets from Star Wars, ET and Stranger Things. And the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra playing all your favourite sci-fi themes live conducted by an animatronic Yoda.

Photo: fortheloveofscifi

For The Love of Sci-Fi will take place at Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Longbridge Road, M17 1EH on December 1 and 2. Tickets are available from Fever and are priced from £8 per person. Photoshoots can be purchased on the day.


All guests
Gaten Matarazzo – Stranger Things
Caleb McLaughlin – Stranger Things
Carl Weathers – Predator, Rocky, Happy Gilmore
Bill Duke – Predator & Commando
Jesse Ventura – Predator, Running Man
Brigitte Nielsen – Rocky, Red Sonja
Henry Thomas – ET
Dee Wallace – ET
Robert MacNaughton – ET
Matthew De Meritt – the original ET
Lou Ferrigno – The Incredible Hulk
Ray Parker Jr – Original writer and artist of the Ghostbusters theme song.
Spencer Wilding – Star Wars – Rogue One
Nick Maley & Yoda – Starwars Creature Effects
Mike Quinn – Starwars – animator – Nien Numb
Paul Blake – Starwars – Greedo

PREDATOR – Carl Weathers, Bill Duke and Jesse Ventura
STRANGER THINGS – Gaten Matarazzo and Celeb McLaughlin
ROCKY – Carl weathers & Brigitte Nielsen
ET – Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Robert MacNaughton and Matthew De Meritt

Live Q&As
Full-scale movie prop and set recreations including a 41ft X-Wing, ET forest shoot, Stranger Things set builds and more
The Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra playing all your favourite sci-fi themes live conducted by an animatronic Yoda
Cosplay competitions
Trading village
Live art
Miniature model displays
The world famous Cantina Space Bar & more