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It has been almost two years since actor Anton Yelchin tragically passed away after a freak vehicular accident. The young actor was perhaps best known for his fun and endearing portrayal of Pavel Chekov in the three films in the rebooted Star Trek universe. The actor who left us too soon is in the hearts and minds of many this week as one of his final films, Thoroughbreds, opened in theaters this past weekend. Also, the actor's 29th birthday would have been March 11th and with that in mind, Anton Yelchin's Star Trek co-star Zoe Saldana took to social media to remember her departed crewmate and friend. All the feels.
It is always difficult to put into words how you feel about the loss of someone and sometimes it is just better to keep it simple and that's what Zoe Saldana does here in her post. This Twitter picture just feels authentic and candid and you can really get a sense of the camaraderie and friendship among Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho and Anton Yelchin, these actors who all shared the screen together for three films. The strength of the cast and their dynamic has been one of the highlights of these new Star Trek films and part of what has made them successful (critically anyway). You can see how the actors who portrayed the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise seem to have cared as much about one another as their characters did. Two years after his death, Zoe Saldana assures that Anton Yelchin will not be forgotten and he will continue to be remembered and celebrated by all those whose lives he touched.
Like many prolific artists, the work of Anton Yelchin has stretched long past his tragically short life. In the Netflix animated series Trollhunters, Anton Yelchin's voice has brought life to main character Jim for two seasons, despite the fact that the show didn't even premiere until after his death. Creator Guillermo del Toro was adamant that the actor's performance remain in the series and two seasons later the popular show has introduced many young audiences to the actor's work. With Thoroughbreds now in theaters, audiences will also get to see Anton Yelchin on the big screen once more in a film that has garnered positive reviews.
As far as the future of Star Trek is concerned, Producer J.J. Abrams has also spoken in the past that when the eventual Star Trek 4 materializes, the role of Chekov will not be recast as there is no replacing Anton Yelchin in the role. The character will be written out in some other way. This is a respectful way to handle things for this iteration of the long-running franchise; plus, things may soon take a wildly different turn with Quentin Tarantino potentially playing a role in the series' future. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more.