Yelchin was meant to start filming in just three weeks
Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin has passed away on June 19 at the age of 27. He was killed in a car crash in southern California’s San Fernando Valley, his publicist Jennifer Allen has confirmed after TMZ broke news of his death.
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.
It has now been reported that Yelchin was set to direct his first film, set to begin filming in just three weeks time. The film is titled Travis. In an interview with Indiewire, producers Keith Kjarval and Gary Schultz revealed that Yelchin also wrote the film and was set to begin shooting on July 11th in the San Fernando valley.
“We were calling it a voyeuristic crime thriller,” Kjarval explained of the film. “It was neo-noir, very urgent in morality, like a Dardennes brothers film.”
The title character was named after Robert De Niro’s Travis Bickle Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver – reportedly Yelchin’s favourite film, Travis was to be played by Yelchin’s Green Room co-star Callum Turner, with Alia Shawkat also playing a part alongside Milla Jovovich. Marilyn Manson was reportedly in talks to score the film, with Sean Price William serving as director of photography.