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From left: Brent Spiner, William Shatner, Jeri Ryan, Michael Dorn and Scott Bakula.

Not only will Star Trek: Beyond make its IMAX debut at Comic-Con International 2016, but the whole franchise will be part of a 50th anniversary blow-out as stars from across the series combining for a special panel presentation.

With Star Trek: Beyond being shown on July 20, the entertainment expo has more in store during Star Trek’s 50th anniversary year.

The big draw is a July 23 panel featuring actors and actresses from six Star Trek TV series converge for panel presentation Star Trek: Celebrating 50 Years.

William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in Gene Roddenberry’s original TV series and six subsequent motion pictures, will be joined by four more well-known faces from the franchise.

Scott Bakula of prequel series Star Trek: Enterprise, Michael Dorn, the Federation’s Klingon officer of both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Jeri Ryan, the breakaway Borg of Star Trek: Voyager, and Brent Spiner, quizzical android Data of Star Trek: The Next Generation, are also booked to appear. Their discussion coincides with the lead-up to 2017’s Star Trek TV series on CBS; longtime Star Trek staffer Bryan Fuller chairs the panel.

Structured around the presentation and enhancing Star Trek’s presence at Comic-Con 2016 are a number of additional panels, exhibits and merch stalls. Five other panels are scheduled.

On July 22, Trek Talks Science, Smithsonian & Star Trek looks at the real-life technology that mimics the franchise’s own premonitions, while Star Trek: Five Decades Of Comics celebrates the universe’s adventures in four-colour comic book form.

July 23 accommodates Star Trek: The Roddenberry Vault which reveals unseen clips and images, Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection Designing & Filming Starships offers a specific angle for behind-the-scenes discussion, and another scientific collaboration in Trek Talks: Star Trek & NASA Boldly Go examines the influence of the series on career space engineers.

In a nearby gallery outside of the convention center, 50 Artists 50 Years takes attendees on a 50-artwork journey through a variety of mediums, including the last work by Spock actor Leonard Nimoy.

Other merchandising opportunities are to be distributed throughout the convention centre and its surrounds, not least of which is a cosmetics collection from MAC, with CBS handing out free Star Trek pin badges, and replica costumes and props, books and comics, collectible toys, ornaments, art, themed editions of board games, and various figurines available to purchase. – AFP Relaxnews