2016 has taken a lot of big name talents away from us. Yesterday, yet another big blow was handed out as Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin very sadly passed away at the young age of 27. Yelchin had been a very strong talent in Hollywood going back to when he was just a young kid, and he was very much a star on the rise when he tragically died. The entertainment community and fans alike have been reeling ever since the story broke.
The news that Yelchin had died was first reported by Deadline on Sunday morning and was later confirmed by Yelchin's publicist. He was found by his friends early in the morning, pinned by his car against a brick mailbox and security gate, apparently crushed to death by his own vehicle, and no foul play is suspected. It was also recently revealed that the vehicle involved in the incident was a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which had a recall issued by Fiat Chrysler for the shifter that had been involved in more than 40 incidents.
Yelchin got his start as a child actor, and had been consistently delivering very high quality work ever since. Yelchin was very great at not only taking on a decent amount of projects, but they were in all shapes in sizes and scope. From starring as Chekov in Star Trek to providing the voice of a Smurf, he was always one of the best parts of what he was doing and always gave it his all. Anyone who has followed his work in recent years will likely tell you, he appeared to only be getting better, and that is one of the saddest parts of this tragedy for fans.
Many of us are still reeling from the news and Hollywood has responded with thoughts and prayers aplenty on social media. Yelchin had been acting for most of his life, but it felt like he was about to hit a major stride which we won't ever get to see realized. It seemed very likely that his best work was still ahead of him. As sad as his very untimely and tragic death is, Yelchin did leave behind an incredible body of work for a man his age but not only that, he had wrapped on several projects that have yet to be released. Here are the remaining Anton Yelchin movies that are still going to be coming out over the next two year.
Star Trek Beyond - July 22, 2016
Anton Yelchin turned in a ton of great performances in a relatively short time, but when he took on the role of Chekov in J.J. Abrams' reboot of Star Trek in 2009 he became a household face, if not a household name. Even if some Trekkies out there take certain issue with aspects of the new Star Trek franchise, almost nobody has any problems with the killer ensemble cast. Justin Lin has taken over directing duties for Star Trek Beyond since Abrams was busy with a galaxy far far away and Yelchin will be reprising his role as Chekov in the movie. The first trailer for Beyond had some fans worried, but the more recent trailer had nice character moments for everyone and inspired a lot more confidence that this should be a nice entry in the franchise, though it will sadly be the last to feature Yelchin's delightful take on Chekov. The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise find themselves several years into their five year mission in Beyond and when things go south, they become stranded on a hostile alien planet and things look like they are going to get pretty crazy from there. Star Trek Beyond is hitting theaters on July 22 and will premiere on July 20 at San Diego Comic Con.
We Don't Belong Here - TBA 2016
Outside of Beyond, most of what is left on Yelchin's release schedule are indie movies that will probably be much more character driven pieces, which is something he was very accustomed to doing. We Don't Belong Here is the directorial debut from Peer Pedersen and will feature Yelchin as one of the leads named Maxwell Geen, alongside The 40-Year-Old Virgin star Catherine Keener. Not a lot is known about the movie, but the plot is described as "A matriarch of a dysfunctional family is pushed to her tipping point by the disappearance of her son." The rest of the cast is very promising as it includes Molly Shannon, Cary Elwes and Maya Rudolph. No release date is set for We Don't Belong Here, but the movie is reportedly totally completed and should secure a release once it is picked up by a distributor.