Russian-born actor Anton Yelchin is in negotiations to play Pavel Checkov in J.J. Abrams' new Star Trek film. If you didn't know, Checkov is the Russian-born navigator of the USS Enterprise under the command of James T. Kirk.

As we learned at Comic Con, both Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy are playing the role of Spock. According to Variety, casting is currently underway in both London and New York. Abrams is searching for the perfect Kirk, as well as Bones, Uhura, Sulu, Scotty, the film's villain and the Federation captain. It is suspected that Abrams will be casting some big names in a few of the parts.

While the storyline is believed to revolve around the crew of the Enterprise at a much younger age, Abrams is keeping the exact plot details under lock and key. Star Trek will open on Christmas Day of this year. That said, J.J. better hurry and finish casting his movie.

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