J.J. Abrams Says He Can't And Won't Replace This Late Actor From The 'Star Trek' Franchise

"He deserves better."

Twenty-seven-year-old actor Anton Yelchin passed away in a freak car accident on June 19.

He was pinned by his car, which rolled down his driveway, after it failed to remain parked. 

While the acting world and his Star Trek castmates are still mourning the sudden loss of their friend, many in the film community were wondering what will happen to his character, Chekov.


With Star Trek Beyond already in theaters and another Star Trek film on the way, director J.J. Abrams finally spoke out about what will happen with the character of Chekov and if it will be recast.

Abrams told The Toronto Sun there is no way he could possibly replace Yelchin and the skills he brought to the screen.

"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.

That is certainly touching to hear and we are interested to see how the Star Trek franchise goes about moving on as a series without him.

The Fast and Furious franchise also faced a similar concern when star Paul Walker passed away in the middle of filming.

Abrams and the cast were already dealing with the loss of Leonard Nimoy (Spock from the original series), but the director said they had no idea "just how devastating events would become."

Abrams also added that he has not yet decided how the franchise will move on from the character. In Fast and Furious, we were treated to Walker retiring off into the sunset with his wife and kid. Abrams told the Toronto Sun, "I have thought about it, we're working on it, and it's too early to talk about it."

Besides Star Trek, Yelchin starred in a slew of other critically acclaimed films, and was highly admired for his work and warm personality.

If you haven't yet seen him in his other roles, he starred in Alpha Dogs with Justin Timberlake, Charlie Bartlett with Robert Downey Jr., and Terminator: Salvation with Christian Bale.

The actor will be missed and we will certainly cherish seeing him one last time as Chekov in Star Trek Beyond.


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