It was recently confirmed by both J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures that there will be another Star Trek movie following Star Trek Beyond. This has led to the question of whether the character of Pavel Chekov will be recast, following the tragic death of actor Anton Yelchin.
J.J. Abrams has now revealed that the role will not be recast. He told Postmedia Network:
“I would say there’s no replacing him. There’s no recasting. I can’t possibly imagine that, and I think Anton deserves better.”
On the subject of whether the character of Chekov will be “killed off” during the next film, Abrams previously told the Toronto Sun:
“I have thought about it, we’re working on it, and it’s too early to talk about it.”
The fourth Star Trek movie was formally announced earlier this week by Paramount Pictures. The current cast will return for the film, alongside Chris Hemsworth, who will return as Captain Kirk’s father. According to the press release:
“Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk will cross paths with a man he never had a chance to meet, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born: his father.”
J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are on board to write the film, and J.J. Abrams will return as producer. There is no news yet as to who will direct the fourth installment in the popular reboot.
Even before the official announcement of the fourth title in the reboot, Abrams had been eager to confirm the continuation. When asked during a press conference last week if there would be a follow-up, he said:
“Yes, and there’s something that hopefully we’re figurative minutes away from talking about… But the answer is 100 percent yes, and it’s incredibly exciting.”
Star Trek Beyond is released in the UK and US on July 22nd.
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