JJ Abrams reveals that Anton Yelchin's Chekov will not be recast for future Star Trek movies
JJ Abrams has confirmed that Anton Yelchin's role in Star Trek will not be recast.
The actor died in a tragic accident at his home in Los Angeles. He was killed after his own car struck him after rolling backwards down the steep drive at his Studio City home, pinning him against a brick postbox pillar and a security fence.
He was best known for his role as Pavel Chekov in the new series of Star Trek movies, which were rebooted by Abrams in 2009 and he stars in the new movie Star Trek Beyond, which is out on Friday (July 22nd).
Speaking to the Toronto Sun, Abrams, who is an executive producer on the new movie, said that Yelchin's character would not be recast. He said: "I would say there’s no replacing him. There’s no recasting. I can’t possibly imagine that, and I think Anton deserves better. I have thought about it [killing off the character], we’re working on it, and it’s too early to talk about it."
Star Trek Beyond is the third in the rebooted series and Justin Lin, best known for directing four instalments of the Fast & Furious franchise, is behind the camera this time. Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, the late Anton Yelchin and John Cho all return to reprise their roles, with Idris Elba playing key villain Krall.
In Star Trek Beyond the crew find themselves destitute after being attacked by a powerful unstoppable wave of unknown aliens, who destroy the Enterprise and leave them stranded on a new planet where they find themselves in conflict with a new ruthless enemy.
Star Trek Beyond hit cinemas on July 22nd. It is the follow-up to Stark Trek: Into Darkness which is available to order from the right-hand side of the page.
You can watch our interviews with stars Chris Pine, John Cho, Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban by clicking below: