Dragon Con 2016: William Shatner, Gillian Anderson, Alan Tudyk, Karl Urban among the lineup

Karl Urban, Alan Tudyk, Gillian Anderson and William Shatner will dazzle Dragon Con-ers this fall at the annual downtown gathering of all things gloriously geeky.

The top name stars are just a handful of the dozens of familiar names from TV, movies, comics and music that will help Dragon Con celebrate its 30th anniversary Sept. 2-5 at host hotels including the Hyatt Regency and Marriott Marque Atlanta.

Last year, more than 65,000 fans attended the ever-expanding convention.

Tudyk, known for the show “Firefly” and his web series “Con Man,” will play the droid K-2SO in “Rogue One,” the upcoming “Star Wars” movie due in December.

Urban, regarded for his role as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the reboots of the “Star Trek” movie series, is also recognized as horserider Eomer in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, as well as the title character in 2012’s comic book adaptation, “Dredd.”

Anderson is not only beloved as Agent Dana Scully, who returned with her deadpan partner-in-crime Fox Mulder in this year’s revisit of “The X-Files,” but also stars in the acclaimed British crime drama, “The Fall” (available here on Netflix).

And Shatner, well, does Captain James T. Kirk really need an introduction?

The one and only Gillian Anderson. Photo: Getty Images.

Other guests of note include two names casual “Star Wars” fans might not know – Brian Herring and Dave Chapman. They’re the puppeteers behind the BB-8 droid in “The Force Awakens” and they will also join the Dragon Con panels this year.

Also on the itinerary:

Sasha Roiz (“Grimm”); Alexander Siddig (“Game of Thrones”); the “iZombie” cast (Rose McIver, Aly Michalka and David Anders); musician Shooter Jennings (a fan of ‘80s pop culture); Craig Parker (“Lord of the Rings”); John Bell and Ryan Gage (“The Hobbit”); Charlie Cox (“Daredevil”); Jack Gleeson (“Game of Thrones”); Alex Kingston (“Dr. Who”); Arthur Davill (“Legends of Tomorrow”); Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy”); Jason Isaacs (“Harry Potter”); Chris Chalk, David Mazouz, Sean Pertwee, Drew Powell and Robin Lord Taylor (“Gotham”); David Guintold, Reggie Lee and Bitsie Tulloch (“Grimm”); Burn Gorman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Eve Myles and Naoko Mori (“Torchwood”); Summer Glau and Eliza Dushku (“Dollhouse”)

While most guests will appear all four days of the convention, some have limited time. Shatner will only appear Sept. 5; Anderson Sept. 4-5; Urban appears Sept. 4-5.; Cox on Sept. 3-4; Gleeson Sept. 4; Kingston Sept. 4-5; Gillan Sept. 3-4.

Tickets for Dragon Con are available for $130 (four-day pass); $50 (Sept. 3 only) and $45 (Sept. 4 only).

To purchase tickets and to check out the full lineup, visit www.dragoncon.org.

Check out our photo gallery from last year's Dragon Con.

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.