â€˜Star Trekâ€™ Will Not Recast Anton Yelchinâ€™s Role, Says Producer J.J. Abrams
This weekend marks the debut of Star Trek Beyond, and by all accounts itâ€™s quite good. So good, in fact, that Paramount is already moving full speed ahead on a sequel. But thereâ€™s a bittersweetness underlying all the warm buzz and giddy celebration â€” Star Trek Beyond is one of the last-ever completed roles of actor Anton Yelchin, who recently passed away at the age of 27. So how will the franchise deal with Yelchinâ€™s character Chekov going forward?
Producer J.J. Abrams said the filmmakers are still weighing their options, pointing out itâ€™s still â€œtoo earlyâ€ to announce a decision. But the one thing they definitely wonâ€™t do, he revealed, is recast the role of Ensign Pavel Chekov with a new actor. Postmedia Network broached the subject in an interview with Abrams, and got a frank response. â€œI would say thereâ€™s no replacing him,â€ he said. â€œThereâ€™s no recasting. I canâ€™t possibly imagine that, and I think Anton deserves better.â€ Abrams admitted theyâ€™ve considered the possibility of killing off the character. â€œI have thought about it, weâ€™re working on it, and itâ€™s too early to talk about it,â€ he said.
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