Today the world of Hollywood lost a great young talent in Anton Yelchin, who died tragically this morning. According to reports, Yelchin was pinned by his own car, between his car and a brick mailbox. He was only 27 years old.
Even at his young age, Yelchin captured the hearts of audiences with many memorable roles in prominent films, both big and small. For many, their introduction came through Alpha Dog, which will now be even harder to sit through than normal. From there, the roles continued to come through films such as Charlie Bartlett, Star Trek (he plays a great Chekov), Terminator Salvation, Like Crazy, Fright Night, Only Lovers Left Alive, and this year’s Green Room, one of the best films of the year so far. I don’t think I ever met anyone who wasn’t charmed in some way by Yelchin’s presence in a film. He had a rare likability about him that you just don’t come across all that often.
With Star Trek Beyond’s looming July 22 release, things are going to be emotionally trying for the cast and crew during its press run. If anything, hopefully audiences will flock to see the film in order to pay tribute to the rising star. After that, Yelchin has two more films set for release in the future, which will serve as his final moments on screen: Porto and Thoroughbred.
R.I.P. Anton Yelchin