The beginning of this week brings us shocking and very sad news for the film community. Anton Yelchin, a young actor who’d already made a notable mark and had a very promising career ahead of him, died on Sunday in what appears to have been a freak accident.
Best known for playing Chekov in the ‘Star Trek’ reboot franchise, Yelchin started as a child actor with appearances in movies such as ’15 Minutes’ and ‘Along Came a Spider’. He even had a leading role opposite Anthony Hopkins in the Stephen King adaptation ‘Hearts in Atlantis’. Unfortunately, that film was not very successful at the box office. Later, Yelchin made his first big impression as a doomed teenager in ‘Alpha Dog‘, and followed that with a recurring part in the Showtime series ‘Huff’.
Of course, Yelchin’s career really took off when J.J. Abrams cast him to play Pavel Chekov in the 2009 ‘Star Trek‘ reboot, where the character was reimagined as a young whiz-kid. Yelchin’s endearing performance stole numerous scenes away from his more prominently billed cast members. That same year, the actor took over the role of Kyle Reese in another (though less successful) franchise reboot, ‘Terminator Salvation‘.
More recently, Yelchin starred in one of the most acclaimed indie films of this year, playing the leader of a punk band accosted by Neo-Nazis in the thriller ‘Green Room‘. He also completed filming on the third ‘Trek’ feature, ‘Star Trek Beyond’, which is scheduled for release on July 22nd.
According to news reports, the actor was killed at his home on Sunday morning when his vehicle rolled down a steep driveway and pinned him against a brick mailbox and security gate. His body was discovered by friends who came to look for him when he didn’t show up for a planned rehearsal. Although it is not known why he got out of the vehicle, police officials state that there were no obvious suspicious circumstances at the scene.
Anton Yelchin was just 27-years-old.
[Source: Los Angeles Times]