JJ Abrams ‘thinking’ about killing off Anton Yelchin’s ‘Star Trek’ character Chekov

Producer states that there are no plans to recast the role

Star Trek producer JJ Abrams has revealed that there are no plans to recast the role of Chekov following the death of actor Anton Yelchin last month.

Yelchin passed away in a car crash in southern California’s San Fernando Valley on June 19. The cause of death was later ruled as accidental. He was 27 years old.

Yelchin appears as Ensign Pavel Chekov in imminent new film Star Trek Beyond – set for release on Friday (July 22) – and in interview with Postmedia Network Abrams has said that the character won’t return portrayed by another actor and that he has considered killing off Chekov in a future film.

“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.

He continued: “I have thought about it [killing off the character], we’re working on it, and it’s too early to talk about it.”

It was recently confirmed that Star Trek Beyond will be followed by a fourth film in the current franchise.

Meanwhile, Yelchin’s parents have published an advert in a US magazine, thanking fans and industry figures for their gifts and support.

Irina and Viktor, have now published an advert in The Hollywood Reporter, featuring the message, “Thank you to all of you who have sent flowers and gifts, for your condolences and kind words and to all who came to celebrate the life of our dear son, Anton. We are deeply grateful for your unconditional love… He would be surprised at how many hearts and souls he touched. Thank you very much.”

See that below.

Yelchin was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia on March 11, 1989 to parents who were both professional figure skaters, but before his first birthday he and his family moved to the US.

He made his professional acting debut at the age of nine in the 2000 independent film A Man Is Mostly Water. He then appeared in episodes of TV series including ER, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Taken before establishing himself as an in-demand film actor.

Yelchin was cast as Pavel Chekov in JJ Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot and reprised the role in two sequels, 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness and this year’s Star Trek Beyond, which will now be released posthumously on July 22.

His other film roles included 2009’s Terminator Salvation, the 2011 romantic drama Like Crazy opposite Felicity Jones, and Jim Jarmusch’s cult 2013 vampire movie Only Lovers Left Alive. Green Room, an acclaimed horror film in which Yelchin starred opposite Patrick Stewart and Imogen Poots, opened in cinemas during May.