Horrible news today for us, Renegades…
Anton Yelchin, who is mostly recognized as Chekov in J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot, died in a very unusual car accident sometime last night or early this morning. The details are still vague about the death but TMZ described the scene by saying Anton Yelchin was “pinned by his own car,” between a brick mailbox pillar and his own vehicle. Also, the engine was still running in neutral when law enforcement arrived.
Friends of Yelchin became concerned when the late actor didn’t show up for rehearsal, which made them visit his home at 1 a.m. to find the actor pinned.
They also mention that the driveway is on a steep incline, and even though it is unclear why Anton left his vehicle, no foul play is currently suspected.
I can’t speak for anyone else, but I find this news to be incredibly tragic. Anthon Yelchin was an actor who gave his all in almost every role he earned. I’m one of the few who absolutely loved the Fright Night remake where he opposed Colin Farrel as a charismatic vampire. Not to mention he was one of the few redeeming qualities that made up Terminator: Salvation, which is a movie I still hate.
Also, this is completely off topic but I always thought Anton was a worthy contender for Spider-Man, although his name never came up in any of the short lists, not even for the Andrew Garfield reboot if I recall correct.
Most recently, Anton Yelchin can be seen in one of the most talked about films of the year, titled Green Room, where he faces off against Patrick Stewart. I have yet to see this movie, but I hear it is nothing short of brilliant. Also, later this Summer we will see his last appearance as Pavel Chekov in Star Trek: Beyond.
The actor also still has two more films waiting for release, so we still have more of Anton Yelchin on the way. The first film is titled Rememory, which is about a “widow of a wise professor [who] stumbles upon one of his inventions that’s able to record and play a person’s memory.”
The second film is titled Thoroughbred, which is described as a story of “two teenage girls in suburban Connecticut [who] rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. In the process, they learn that neither is what she seems to be and that a murder might solve both of their problems.”
For those who want to see other amazing titles from Anton Yelchin, I strongly recommend Like Crazy. That is a film I still think about to this day, and Yelchin did an amazing job with his role in it.
He will be missed.
Rest in Peace Anton Yelchin.
[Image via Universal]