John Cusack, Ming-Na Wen among top names at Dragon Con 2017

John Cusack, iconic star of “Say Anything” and “High Fidelity,” has been added to the list of top names appearing at this year’s Dragon Con in Atlanta.

He joins Ming-Na Wen, the Disney princess in “Mulan” and deadly killer in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Wen makes her first appearance at Atlanta’s Dragon Con, the four-day science fiction and fantasy convention expected to bring 82,000 fans to downtown Atlanta over Labor Day weekend.

Cusack appears to be making the convention rounds this summer, having visited the Denver Comic Con in June. Dragon Con announced Cusack’s name Friday.

As weapons expert Melinda May in the ABC television drama “Agents of Shield,” Wen does battle with the “Inhumans,” and the bad guys in Hydra.

Elizabeth Henstridge who plays biochemist Jemma Simmons and Brett Dalton, who plays Hydra leader Grant Ward — will also make an appearance at the convention.

Ming-Na Wen of ABC’s “Agents of SHIELD” will appear at this year’s Dragon Con, along with more than 400 other personalities. Photo: courtesy Dragon Con (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Wen has served as the voice of that other warrior, Mulan, in the Disney movie “Mulan” and “Mulan II” and in the video game Kingdom Hearts II. And for more than five years she played Dr. Jing-Mei “Deb” Chen on the NBC drama “ER.”

Wen will only appear on Saturday, Sept. 2.

There will be more than 400 personalities from film, television, comic books and video games visiting Dragon Con to meet fans, sign autographs and hold panels. The perennial con favorite, William Shatner and that master of the Marvel universe, Stan Lee will both attend and Lee, 94, will serve as Grand Marshal of the Dragon Con parade.

Here are 4 spots in Atlanta with some of the best views of the Dragon Con parade. (Erica A. Hernandez/AJC) (

One of the high points of the convention, the free parade takes place Saturday, Sept. 2 at 10 a.m., passing through the streets of downtown Atlanta and drawing thousands of viewers.

Marvel comics creator Stan Lee will attend Dragon Con this Labor Day weekend and will also serve as the grand marshal of the Dragon Con parade, Saturday, Sept. 2. Photo: courtesy Dragon Con (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Here are some of the personalities, in addition to Wen, Lee and Shatner, who will be part of this year’s convention.

•Elizabeth Henstridge, who plays biochemist Jemma Simmons in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and Brett Dalton plays Hydra leader Grant Ward.

•Matt Smith, who served as the eleventh incarnation of the time-travelling “Doctor Who” from 2010 to 2013.

•Karen Gillan and Alex Kingston, who were companions to Smith’s Eleventh Doctor. Gillan also portrays the assassin Nebula in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies.

•Lena Headey, queen regent Cersei Lannister on the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” Heady also was Queen Gorgo in “300” and “300: Rise of an Empire.”

•Nathan Fillion, who served seven years on the ABC television show “Castle,” and in the short-lived television series “Firefly.”

•Karl Urban, who was Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the rebooted “Star Trek” movie series and played horserider Eomer in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

•Peter Mayhew, who created the role of Chewbacca, which he played in five “Star Wars” movies. He will be joined by Daniel Logan, who played young Boba Fett in “Episode II: Attack of the Clones” and voiced Boba Fett in the animated television series “The Clone Wars.”

Dragon Con spreads over the four-day Labor Day weekend, with events and activities taking place in the AmericasMart Buildings #1 and #2 and at five host hotels – Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree, and Sheraton Atlanta.

Related: see photos from Dragon Con 2016 here.

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