Certainly, it is very much unclear if there will ever be another Kelvin-timeline Star Trek movie.

But the death of Anton Yelchin would leave a quandary for the character of Chekov in any such film. The obvious choices would be:

  • recast
  • death
  • reassignment
  • limited reuse of existing footage
  • digital recreation? (unlikely)

Has any likely member of the production or writing staff of a future Star Trek film commented on what treatment they would give to the character of Chekov?

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    Transferred to the Reliant would be the obvious choice. – Emsley Wyatt Jan 18 '18 at 17:49
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    Why don't they just the get guy who played Chekov in Star Trek: Renegades. – Mr Lister Jan 18 '18 at 17:54
  • The character of Chekov is clearly superhuman. He held onto two or three crewmen over a railing with one arm (at least 350 pounds)! With that sort of strength feat, the writers could justifiably claim that he “evolved” into an energy being, as John Doe does in TNG’s “Transfigurations.” – Ham Sandwich Jan 18 '18 at 18:48
  • “it is very much unclear if there will ever be another Kelvin-timeline Star Trek movie” — is it? Seems a decent bet that there will be. – Paul D. Waite Jan 18 '18 at 20:20
  • @PaulD.Waite: It still seems uncertain to me until that is solidified. Lot of projects don't get past that stage. – ThePopMachine Jan 18 '18 at 20:43

J. J. Abrams has explicitly stated that the part will not be recast.

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

However, how the character's absence will be handled is unclear at this stage.

Is the character of Chekov himself going to be killed off? “I have thought about it, we’re working on it, and it’s too early to talk about it,” he [Abrams] said.

  • They recast Dumblebore when Richard Harris died so they can do the same for this role and any other actor that has died before the next film in a series. – dean1957 Jan 18 '18 at 20:38
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    @dean1957 The difference is that Dumbledore is pretty central to the books and removing the character from the films would have been very strange for the fans. In ST, while Chekhov and other secondary characters are loved by fans, the only absolutely necessary characters are Kirk, Spock and McCoy. – HorusKol Jan 18 '18 at 21:49
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    @HorusKol, well, plus the plot of future Star Trek movies isn't predetermined. – ThePopMachine Jan 22 '18 at 0:26
  • @ThePopMachine indeed – HorusKol Jan 22 '18 at 0:27

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