DragonCon to celebrate 30th anniversary with starry lineup

Karl Urban, Alan Tudyk, Gillian Anderson and William Shatner will dazzle fans at this year’s DragonCon, the annual downtown gathering of all things gloriously geeky.

Those stars are just a handful of the dozens of familiar names from TV, movies, comics and music that will help DragonCon celebrate its 30th anniversary Sept. 2-5 at the host hotels, which include the Hyatt Regency and Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

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 Eomer in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, as well as the title character in 2012’s comic book film 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?

Other guests of note who will join the DragonCon panels this year include two names that 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.”

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 (“Doctor Who”); Arthur Davill (“Legends of Tomorrow”); Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Doctor Who”); 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”); and Summer Glau and Eliza Dushku (“Dollhouse”).

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

Tickets for DragonCon 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 dragoncon.org.

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