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Anton Yelchin dead: Star Trek cast, studio remember actor

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The Star Trek community is coming together to remember franchise star Anton Yelchin, who died Sunday at age 27. 

Paramount, the studio behind the rebooted movie series that returned in 2009 after a seven-year hiatus, issued a statement on the actor’s death.

“All of us at Paramount join the world in mourning the untimely passing of Anton Yelchin. As a member of the Star Trek family, he was beloved by so many and he will be missed by all,” representatives for the studio said. “We share our deepest condolences with his mother, father and family.”

Yelchin portrayed Pavel Chekov, a navigator, in both Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). The actor reprised the role for a third film in the revived series, Star Trek Beyond, which is set for a July 22 theatrical release.

Zachary Quinto, who currently plays Spock in the Star Trek films, also posted a touching tribute to his late costar on Instagram. 

“Our dear friend. our comrade. our anton. one of the most open and intellectually curious people i have ever had the pleasure to know. so enormously talented and generous of heart,” he wrote. “Wise beyond his years. and gone before his time. all love and strength to his family at this impossible time of grief.” 

 

Read what Yelchin’s Star Trek collaborators, including filmmaker J.J. Abrams, actors Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Karl Urban, composer Michael Giacchino, and Beyond director Justin Lin, are saying about the actor’s death in the posts below. 

In loving memory of Anton Yelchin. It was truly an honor to work with him.

A photo posted by J.J. Abrams (@jjabramsofficial) on

 

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