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Annual Las Vegas Star Trek convention draws big stars, thousands of fans

Surprise announcement by Sir Patrick Stewart
Posted: 10:31 AM, Aug 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-05 18:06:23Z

The annual Star Trek convention is underway in Las Vegas at the Rio hotel-casino.

The convention brings thousands of fans to the city every year and many of the stars from the Star Trek universe.

Saturday's convention was highlighted by a big announcement by one of the most popular Star Trek captains.

PHOTOS: 2018 Star Trek convention in Las Vegas

Sir Patrick Stewart announced that he is bringing Captain Jean-Luc Picard back to the television screen.

After the announcement, Stewart posted a statement on Twitter and Facebook.

This year's convention is also spotlighting the new "Star Trek: Discovery." Many members of the cast are present at the convention and have been making various appearances and signing autographs in a designated area in the vendor room. 

This year’s convention is also celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” Much of the cast and creatives behind the series are in attendance, including Colm Meaney, Chase Masterson, Nicole de Boer, James Darren, Andy Robinson, Ira Steven Behr, Ronald D. Moore, Cirroc Lofton, Aron Eisenberg and Terry Farrell. 

Other major stars in attendance, appearing on panels and signing autographs, include Brent Spiner, Joe Piscopo, Ethan Phillips, Robert Beltran, Garrett Wang, John Billingsley, Marina Spirits, Denise Crosby, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Famke Janssen, Rene Auberjonois, LeVar Burton, Gary Graham, Connor Trainer, Anthony Montgomery, George Take and Robert Duncan McNeil. 

In addition to the panels, autograph sessions and vendor room, attendees are also able to enjoy exhibits, interactive games, numerous photo stations, special parties and a gala.

The convention ends Aug. 5.