Earlier this week, it was announced that Paramount Pictures was moving ahead with a fourth installment of the rebooted Star Trek franchise. When this happens, it will be doing so without Pavel Chekov.
Speaking with the Toronto Sun, producer J.J. Abrams said that there were no plans in place to find a new actor to portray the character following the death of Anton Yelchin.
“I would say there’s no replacing him. There’s no recasting. I can’t possibly imagine that, and I think Anton deserves better,” Abrams said.
Yelchin, who played Pavel Chekov in three Star Trek films, died this past June after being crushed by his car outside of his home. Abrams said of the young actor: “He was as wise and clever and intellectually curious as anyone we ever knew. His laugh was preposterous – you couldn’t hear it and not laugh yourself. He was funny, edgy, wild and talented beyond measure. His focus and dedication was admirable, as was his love of family, friends, literature and music.”
Fans can see Yelchin as Pavel Chekov in Star Trek Beyond which hits theaters this weekend.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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