Star Trek alum and rights activist George Takei to mark Fan Expo Vancouver's return to spring dates

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      Although Fan Expo Vancouver recently wrapped up this past autumn, it's returning this coming spring—which is when it had originally been held annually.

      The fan convention announced today (December 7) that this forthcoming eighth edition, to run from March 1 to 3, 2019, will feature Star Trek alum and rights activist George Takei.

      Takei rose to stardom as Hikaru Sulu on the original Star Trek TV series, which ran from 1966 to 1969, and in the Star Trek films. (Sulu has since been portrayed in films by actor John Cho since 2009.)

      George Takei as Hikaru Sulu on the original Star Trek TV series

      Although he may have played a side character, he parlayed that fame into resurgence over the past decade through social media and become a vocal rights activist for LGBT, Asian American, and other social-justice causes, including speaking out against U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed Muslim registry in the U.S.

      (Takei came out publicly as gay in 2005 to protest then-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoing a same-sex marriage bill.)

      He was the subject of the documentary To Be Takei, which told his life story and was screened at the 2014 DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver.

      He recently appeared in the Broadway musical Allegiance, which is based upon his experiences of the Japanese American internment during the Second World War. (A filmed version was screened in Vancouver in 2016 and 2017.)


      Takei will appear at a spotlight panel, and will also be available for a photo opportunities and autograph signings.

      The event will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Tickets are now on sale featuring early-bird rates (which continue until January 2), with adult passes starting at $25. For full details, visit the Fan Expo Vancouver website.

      According to Fan Expo Vancouver public relations representative Carine Redmond, the shift to the new dates will allow them to retain this time frame at the Vancouver Convention Centre into the future. 

      Although Takei has been the only guest announced thus far, Redmond added that more guests will be announced in the coming weeks. 

      Fan Expo Vancouver was recently held from October 12 to 14, and featured guests such as The Incredible Hulk TV series star Lou Ferrigno, Aquaman star Jason Momoa, Arrowverse's Caity Lotz, Doctor Strange's Benedict Wong, and more.