One month after the tragic passing of actor Anton Yelchin, "Star Trek Beyond" producer J.J. Abrams has confirmed that Chekov won't be recast for the next "Star Trek" film.
Abrams told the Postmedia Network, "I would say there’s no replacing [Yelchin]. There’s no recasting. I can’t possibly imagine that, and I think Anton deserves better." The producer also told the outlet that discussions are being had with the writers of the next "Star Trek" to figure out the best way to address the loss of Chekov in the Kelvin timeline.
"We knew going into this movie it would be a bit of a heartbreak just because of Leonard [Nimoy]," Abrams added. "We had no idea just how devastating events would become."
Yelchin (27) was pinned between his car and a brick mailbox attached to the security gate of his San Fernando Valley home one month ago. "Star Trek Beyond" is the first project to be released after his death.
"Star Trek 4" was confirmed this week, with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay -- who contributed draft for "Star Trek Beyond" -- attached to write the script. The film will see Chris Pine's Captain Kirk (presumably, through the magic of time travel) come face-to-face with his father, played by Chris Hemsworth.
Directed by Justin Lin, "Star Trek Beyond" hits theaters on July 22.