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07.19.2016

Anton Yelchin Star Trek 4 Chekov

Now that we know that STAR TREK 4 is officially a go, it's a little upsetting that it will have to do so without Anton Yelchin as Chekov. Although the young ensign was never really the focus of the previous two films, Yelchin brought great enthusiasm to the role and was a wonderful part of the rebooted Enterprise crew. The upcoming STAR TREK BEYOND will be Yelchin's last appearance as Chekov and perhaps, the last appearance of Chekov himself. J.J. Abrams spoke with The Toronto Sun about whether Chekov will be recast in the next sequel.

We knew going into this movie it would be a bit of a heartbreak just because of Leonard [but] we had no idea just how devastating events would become. I would say there’s no replacing him. There’s no recasting. I can’t possibly imagine that, and I think Anton deserves better.

When asked whether the character would be killed off, Abrams said that he has "thought about it, we’re working on it, and it’s too early to talk about it.” Chekov is a big part of the original Enterprise crew, but I hope they don't kill him off. He could receive a promotion and reassignment to another ship or any number of things, but it'd be nice to know that Yelchin's Chekov is still out there somewhere, pulling off transporter miracles and keeping an eye out for nuclear wessels. STAR TREK BEYOND will hit theaters this Friday and you can check out our own JimmyO's review of the film right here!

What would you like to see happen with Chekov in STAR TREK 4?

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Source: Toronto Sun

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7:30PM on 07/20/2016
yes this is the way it should be! Just explain in the film why he's not there, and give him a proper send off!
yes this is the way it should be! Just explain in the film why he's not there, and give him a proper send off!
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7:06PM on 07/20/2016
I don't know... I get why they wouldn't want to recast him but, and no disrespect to Anton Yelchin, the character predates the actor's involvement - I just feel like Chekov should be a part of Trek. He's not the most integral character to the franchise, and you can do Trek without him, but it always seems a bit odd when the actors lives begin to overshadow the characters they portray. Like others have suggested, maybe give the character a movie off then bring in some new version of Chekov
I don't know... I get why they wouldn't want to recast him but, and no disrespect to Anton Yelchin, the character predates the actor's involvement - I just feel like Chekov should be a part of Trek. He's not the most integral character to the franchise, and you can do Trek without him, but it always seems a bit odd when the actors lives begin to overshadow the characters they portray. Like others have suggested, maybe give the character a movie off then bring in some new version of Chekov somehow.
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11:51AM on 07/20/2016
Chekov didn't even join the series until the second season. Bringing in another character wouldn't be the worst thing for the Enterprise, if a decision must be made.
Chekov didn't even join the series until the second season. Bringing in another character wouldn't be the worst thing for the Enterprise, if a decision must be made.
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11:37AM on 07/20/2016

You can kill Chekov

I am a huge Anton fan loved all his movies.... but they should just recast Chekov not in the next movie make him be on assignment , then bring him back as whoever they see fit.

Long live Anton :(
I am a huge Anton fan loved all his movies.... but they should just recast Chekov not in the next movie make him be on assignment , then bring him back as whoever they see fit.

Long live Anton :(
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10:14AM on 07/20/2016
Unfortunately this is just one more thing that makes me call this "Kelvin Timeline" the "Kelvin Alternate Universe"
Unfortunately this is just one more thing that makes me call this "Kelvin Timeline" the "Kelvin Alternate Universe"
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3:17AM on 07/20/2016

Here's an idea

My knowledge of star trek is not that big but maybe they can bring back the old chekov. They were on a mission, something went wrong, chekov wnet missing on a planet where time goes faster ( like interstellar) and when they do find him again he is much older.
My knowledge of star trek is not that big but maybe they can bring back the old chekov. They were on a mission, something went wrong, chekov wnet missing on a planet where time goes faster ( like interstellar) and when they do find him again he is much older.
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10:02PM on 07/19/2016

Am I missing something?

or not
or not
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10:17PM on 07/19/2016
The actor died.
The actor died.
9:42PM on 07/19/2016

The show must go on

Handle it like they did for Paul Walker. Don't kill off a character that died in real life, just honor him by writing that character off the show with some dignity. He has never been a main character so there is room to get creative with his absence.
Handle it like they did for Paul Walker. Don't kill off a character that died in real life, just honor him by writing that character off the show with some dignity. He has never been a main character so there is room to get creative with his absence.
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9:34PM on 07/19/2016

Yes--

--but please don't kill off the character entirely...have him be promoted or transferred...maybe to a ship like...USS NEBO ...which is a rough translation of the word "heaven" or "sky" in Russian...send him off in style...it would be cool to know that he was out there still having his own adventures--
--but please don't kill off the character entirely...have him be promoted or transferred...maybe to a ship like...USS NEBO ...which is a rough translation of the word "heaven" or "sky" in Russian...send him off in style...it would be cool to know that he was out there still having his own adventures--
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11:41PM on 07/19/2016
Yes, that would truly be the classy thing to do...well stated.
Yes, that would truly be the classy thing to do...well stated.
9:24PM on 07/19/2016
It'd be weird to be at the ship's bridge without Chekov's presence. I think it's best to re-cast.
It'd be weird to be at the ship's bridge without Chekov's presence. I think it's best to re-cast.
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8:14PM on 07/19/2016
I say just have Chekov promoted and/or transferred to another job. And perhaps they could bring in a sibling or relative to Chekov to carry the family mantle of assisting the enterprise after him. Would be an honorable way to Yelchin, and Chekov instead of killing the character off completely.
I say just have Chekov promoted and/or transferred to another job. And perhaps they could bring in a sibling or relative to Chekov to carry the family mantle of assisting the enterprise after him. Would be an honorable way to Yelchin, and Chekov instead of killing the character off completely.
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8:55PM on 07/19/2016
Taron Egerton?

He could fit in well with this crew.
Taron Egerton?

He could fit in well with this crew.
9:23PM on 07/19/2016
I like your Chekov's sibling idea.
I like your Chekov's sibling idea.
10:44PM on 07/19/2016
Sibling? Is this beerfest? Is his nickname Landfill?

JOKING! Not a bad ida
Sibling? Is this beerfest? Is his nickname Landfill?

JOKING! Not a bad ida
1:50AM on 07/20/2016
They could just put LT Hadley in Chekov's seat. No explanation necessary and he won't even have to speak.
They could just put LT Hadley in Chekov's seat. No explanation necessary and he won't even have to speak.
12:26PM on 07/20/2016
I don't want to put in someone who doesn't speak and isn't developed.
I don't want to put in someone who doesn't speak and isn't developed.
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