Actor Anton Yelchin, only 27-years-old, leaves behind a spate of unreleased films and a TV series after he died in a freak car accident on Sunday. The actor, widely known for his roles in the rebooted Star Trek films and 2006’s Alpha Dogs, was killed by his own car when it rolled down his driveway.
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Yelchin had gotten out of his car and was behind it when it began rolling toward him, eventually pinning him against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence at his home in Los Angeles, according to police. Police did not say why Yelchin was behind his vehicle.
A rising star that has been extinguished too soon, Yelchin had completed several films and a TV series, all of which have not been released yet. Perhaps the most anticipated project Yelchin leaves behind is this summer’s Star Trek Beyond, which is slated for release in theaters on July 22. The film is the third time Yelchin has starred as the young Russian ensign, Pavel Chekov. Yelchin’s Chekov was popular with audiences with the first re-booted Star Trek film in 2009 and the second, Star Trek Into Darkness, in 2013.
Anton Yelchin has sadly passed away in a tragic car accident at the age of 27. RIP. pic.twitter.com/mGetslPOJY
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Yelchin finished filming a sci-fi drama, Rememory, with Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage. The film is about a professor’s widow who happens upon her late husband’s invention that can record and play a person’s memories. The film is in post-production, according to IMDb, with no release date given.
Yelchin also completed a psychological thriller called Thoroughbred, in which he starred opposite Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy. The film follows two teenage girls who become friends again after they had grown apart, but they “soon learn neither is what she seems to be.”
Anton Yelchin had also filmed two other movies, both independent films, which have not released yet. Yelchin starred in the family drama We Don’t Belong Here with Catherine Keener and in the romantic drama, Porto.
Yelchin also leaves audiences with the animated series,Trollhunters, which will air on Netflix this coming December. Trollhunters marks the first work Guillermo del Toro has done for children and families, Variety reports. Yelchin voices the lead character, Jim, who discovers a battle between good and evil trolls is taking place underneath his hometown. Kelsey Grammer is the voice of Blinky, a good troll who becomes friends with Yelchin’s Jim. Ron Perlman is the voice of Bular, a bad troll who makes trouble for Yelchin’s Jim.
Upon news of Yelchin’s untimely death, Netflix and DreamWorks Animation gave a joint statement.
“Our hearts are heavy with this tragic news and Anton’s family and friends are in our thoughts.”
Del Toro tweeted a tribute to Yelchin, with whom he worked on Trollhunters.
“Anton was a sweetheart. Absolutely a great creative partner and artist. The sweetest, most humble, delightful, talented guy you’d ever meet. Worked together for about a year. Shocked.”
According to Vanity Fair, Yelchin had filmed for Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes, which will be a TV series. One of the first roles he had at the age of 12 was in Stephen King’s Hearts in Atlantis opposite the mighty Sir Anthony Hopkins. The role he played in Mr. Mercedes will likely be recast, and the show will go on without him.
“Brady Hartsfield a.k.a. Mr. Mercedes will become one of many promising Yelchin roles we’ll never get to see,” Joanna Robinson writes for Vanity Fair.
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