'Star Trek Beyond' producer J.J. Abrams says Chekov won't be recast

'Star Trek Beyond' producer J.J. Abrams says Chekov won't be recast

'Star Trek Beyond' producer J.J. Abrams says Chekov won't be recast

Presumably, this will require some form of time travel, but fortunately, the "Star Trek" universe is full of wormholes for just such a thing.

The third film in the series, Star Trek Beyond, is about to open in cinemas. But there's a bittersweetness underlying all the warm buzz and giddy celebration - Star Trek Beyond is one of the last-ever completed roles of actor Anton Yelchin, who recently passed away at the age of 27. But with another sequel already announced, the real question may be how the franchise plans to fill the hole left by Yelchin in any upcoming film. No decision has been made yet, but whatever happens, producer J.J. Abrams is adamant that they definitely won't be recasting. When it came to Universal's Fast and Furious franchise, the team behind those movies felt it was too disrespectful to kill off Paul Walker's Brian O'Connor and let that character literally ride off into the sunset. Abrams admitted they've considered the possibility of killing off the character. But it's a hard aspect to approach with sensitivity. "I would say there's no replacing him", Abrams said. He was ultimately written out of the script before it started shooting.

Abrams said that discussions were still under way about how Chekov's absence would be explained.

"We had no idea just how devastating events would become", Abrams said of Yelchin.

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