Actor Anton Yelchin tragically died on Sunday morning in a freak automobile accident at the age of 27. His next film was the third installment in the “Star Trek” reboot series “Star Trek Beyond,” scheduled to be released next month. The cast of “Star Trek Beyond” was set to appear at the 2016 Cannes Lion advertising exhibition for a Q&A on Wednesday. Now, Deadline reports that Paramount and the cast have cancelled the appearance entirely out of respect for the late actor.
Their statement reads: “All of us are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend Anton Yelchin. Out of respect, we are withdrawing our participation in the previously announced ‘Star Trek Beyond’ event at Cannes Lions this week.”
Yelchin first broke through with starring roles in Nick Cassavetes’ crime drama “Alpha Dog” and the teen dramedy “Charlie Bartlett.” In 2009, he co-starred as Chekov in the first “Star Trek” reboot film and as a young Kyle Reese in “Terminator Salvation.” Following those two franchise films, Yelchin acted in a variety of films ranging from big-budget blockbusters to smaller independent movies. Some of these include the romantic drama “Like Crazy,” “The Smurfs,” Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive,” Michael Almereyda’s “Experimenter,” and most recently Jeremy Saulnier’s “Green Room.”
“Star Trek Beyond” will be released on July 22nd.