‘Star Trek’ cast marks Yelchin’s loss

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - MICHAEL CAVNA

LOS AN­GE­LES: You can­not knowl­edge­ably watch Star Trek Be­yond with­out the pang of aware­ness that this is the last we’ll see of An­ton Yelchin’s Chekov.

Now, pro­ducer JJ Abrams says, it’s the last we’ll see of Chekov, pe­riod. At least in terms of new work within Abrams’s run on the re­booted film fran­chise.

Star Trek Be­yond is out in SA next month and view­ers are likely to mourn when they see the sage vis­age of Leonard Ni­moy (Am­bas­sador Spock), who died last year after a long and re­ward­ing ca­reer as ac­tor and direc­tor. Yet when we watch Yelchin’s lat­est and last turn as Chekov, the sense of loss un­der­scores how much young prom­ise was lost.

The Rus­sian-born Yelchin died in an ac­ci­dent last month at age 27.

“He was a young man who was just start­ing to be­come what he was go­ing to be­come,” John Cho, who plays helms­man Sulu right next to Yelchin’s Chekov on the star­ship En­ter­prise’s bridge, told The Wash- in­g­ton Post. “I can’t even be­gin to ex­press how badly my heart has been bro­ken by his pass­ing.”

Cho and Yelchin had acted to­gether in all three Star Trek films since the 2009 re­boot by Abrams.

“Star Trek showed just 1/100th of his range,” Cho said of his cast­mate. “He was an ex­cel­lent mind, a coura­geous artist and a great hang. I’m just miss­ing him and still pro­cess­ing his loss.”

Abrams told the Toronto Sun the Chekov role wouldn’t be re­cast for the pro­ducer’s planned fourth Star Trek film. “I would say there’s no re­plac­ing him,” Abrams said of Yelchin. “I can’t pos­si­bly imag­ine that, and I think An­ton de­serves better.”

Cho plans to mourn his col­league in part through his work, which in­cluded Char­lie Bartlett, Ter­mi­na­tor Sal­va­tion, Like Crazy and the TV se­ries Huff.

“I in­tend to cel­e­brate him ... to get through that sad­ness,” Cho tells The Post. “I en­joy watch­ing him, and I will spend a year watch­ing ev­ery­thing he ever did.” – Wash­ing­ton Post

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