– by Joseph Jammer Medina

There’s no question that the death of actor Anton Yelchin came as a pretty big surprise to a lot of film fans. Sure, Yelchin wasn’t a household name, but he was a great up-and-coming talent whose absence would be felt in Hollywood. Obviously, the void left in the STAR TREK film series wouldn’t be an easy one to fill, as he was one of the key cast members on the Enterprise. What’s more, producer J.J. Abrams revealed that they’d be moving on with a fourth installment of the rebooted film series. So what does that mean for Yelchin’s character?

“I would say there’s no replacing him,” Abrams told the Toronto Sun. “There’s no recasting. I can’t possibly imagine that, and I think Anton deserves better.”

Even before Yelchin’s death, Abrams knew there would be a certain something missing to STAR TREK BEYOND, and this only compounds the heartbreak.

“We knew going into this movie it would be a bit of a heartbreak just because of Leonard [Nimoy’s death]. We had no idea just how devastating events would become.”

So if they aren’t going to replace Yelchin, then how do they plan on addressing the actor’s death? Will he simply be written out of the series, or be killed off?

Abrams himself doesn’t even know.

“I have thought about it, we’re working on it, and it’s too early to talk about it.”

He’s got a point there. BEYOND hasn’t even hit U.S. theaters, and before they even think about it, it’s probably best to focus on the film at hand. Luckily, the buzz on that one appears to be quite enthusiastic, so at least he’ll have gone out on a high note.

How do you think the filmmakers should address Yelchin’s death in STAR TREK 4? Let us know in the comments down below!

STAR TREK BEYOND is in theaters on July 22, 2016.

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SOURCE: The Toronto Sun

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.