Date: 20th July 2016

J.J. Abrams: Star Trek 4 Won’t Recast Anton Yelchin.

J.J. Abrams has decided that Anton Yelchin’s Pavel Chekov character will not be re-cast for future “Star Trek” movies.

"I would say there’s no replacing him," Abrams told the Toronto Sun. "There’s no recasting. I can’t possibly imagine that, and I think Anton deserves better."

The late Anton Yelchin, who died June 19 in a freak accident, had played the Chekov character in the three reboots. “Star Trek Beond,” the third film in the revamped franchise premieres on Wednesday at Comic-Con in San Diego and opens in theaters on Friday.

Abrams told the newspaper he could not disclose if the next “Star Trek” film would include the death of Chekov’s character. "I have thought about it, we’re working on it, and it’s too early to talk about it," he said.

Source: Press Release