Anton Yelchin's character will not be re-cast in Star Trek, says JJ Abrams
He also voiced Chekov in the Star Trek video game and appeared as his character in an Xfinity commercial. Yelchin was unsure exactly why he was cast in that particular role, though he figured it had to do with his young age and the fact that he was "familiar with Russian people. Very, very familiar. Yelchin was unfamiliar with Star Trek prior to his being cast as Chekov but planned on viewing the various DVD box sets to learn more about the franchise. Like the rest of the cast, Yelchin had signed on to do two additional Star Trek films when he took the role of Chekov.
Chris Pine Talks About Anton Yelchin at STAR TREK 10th Anniversary Screening
Skip navigation! Story from Movies. Three years ago, actor Anton Yelchin was found dead in his Los Angeles driveway, pinned between his Jeep Grand Cherokee and a brick pillar. How could someone so young, so talented, be snuffed out in an instant, in such a random and horrifying way? Through emails, letters and footage, we see just how close he was to his parents, and how devoted to his friends.
By creating an account, you verify that you are at least 13 years of age, and have read and agree to the Comicbook. This year is the 10th anniversary of the first Star Trek movie to feature the Kelvin Timeline Enterprise crew. It is also three years since that cast lost Anton Yelchin to a tragic accident.