Star Trek: Anton Yelchin's Chekov Will Not Be Recast

Anton Yelchin’s role in the rebooted ‘Star Trek’ series will not be recast ahead of the next film, following the actor’s tragic death in June.

Producer JJ Abrams confirmed that Pavel Chekov would be absent the recently-announced sequel, but does not know how the actor’s death and character’s absence will be addressed.

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Asked by IGN about the possibility of recasting the character, Abrams said: “I can’t possibly imagine that, and I think Anton deserves better.”

On how the tragedy might be addressed, Abrams said: “I have thought about it, we’re working on it, and it’s too early to talk about it.”

Anton Yelchin died last month at the age of 27 after a freak car accident at his home in Los Angeles, California. He was also known for roles in 'Like Crazy’, 'Fright Night’ and was recently praised for his performance in horror flick 'Green Room’.

The actor’s parents, Irina and Viktor, penned a heartfelt thank you to Hollywood for their support during an unbelievable difficult time.

Yelchin makes his third appearance as Chekov in 'Star Trek Beyond’, which will be released later this week.

A fourth rebooted 'Trek’ film was announced this week. No release date was announced, but the core cast will return alongside Chris Hemsworth - who played George Kirk in the 2009 original.

Abrams - who directed the reboot and 2013 sequel 'Star Trek Into Darkness’ - will return as producer. It’s not yet clear if 'Beyond’s Justin Lin will return to direct.

Picture Credits: Paramount Pictures.