Anton Yelchin, who most moviegoers will probably recognize as Pavel Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek movies, died early Sunday morning due to a freak car accident. He was only 27 years old.
According to the BBC, Anton Yelchin was found pinned against a brick mailbox and a security fence in his Studio City home. The BBC quotes Los Angeles police office Jenny Hosier as saying that Yelchin — the son of Russian immigrant parents — had probably exited his car when it rolled back and caused the accident. He had been on his way to meet friends for a rehearsal, and when he did not arrive the group came to his home and found him dead.
His untimely death has mourned by friends in the industry, who took to Twitter to express their grief and condolences. The Guardian counts directors JJ Abrams and Guillermo del Toro, as well as actors John Cho, Tom Hiddleston, Anna Kendrick, as some of the people who have extended their condolences.
Abrams described Yelchin as ?brilliant…kind…funny as hell, and supremely talented?, while del Toro remarked that Yelchin was a ?great creative partner and artist.? John Cho, who worked with Yelchin on Star Trek, called him ?a true artist – curious, beautiful, courageous.? Tom Hiddleston, who worked with Yelchin on Only Loves Left Alive, said he was ?absolutely devastated? to hear about the news, while Anna Kendrick said that Yelchin?s death was ?unreal? and ?such a huge loss.?
While best known for his role on the rebooted Star Trek franchise, Entertainment Weekly reports that Yelchin has been playing memorable roles even before. EW recalled his role in Alpha Dog as a kidnapping victim, as well as his role as a ?wealthy teen who pretends to be the school therapist for popularity? in Charlie Bartlett. His roles in Terminator Salvation, The Beaver, Like Crazy, Fright Night, and Green Room were also noted.
Yelchin is set to reprise his role as Pavel Chekov in Star Trek Beyond, which opens in US theaters on July 22. A new Star Trek TV show will also debut in 2017. Keep it here on The Bitbag for more news and updates.