Earlier this month saw the tragic loss of Anton Yelchin. Who had made a name for himself as Checkov in the recent ‘Star Trek’ movies.
Last night during the San Diego Comic Con premier event for ‘Star Trek Beyond’ J.J. Abrams along with the cast and crew of the film paid their respects to the young actor. Who was very much a star on the rise in Hollywood.
The ‘Star Trek Beyond’ event was a night of firsts.
Taking place at the San Diego mecca for geekdom. It was the first time a film had been premiered in an outdoor setting on an IMAX theatre. It was also the first movie premier to feature the use of a live ninety-piece orchestra playing accompaniment to the movies soundtrack.
But on a sad note. It was the first of the modern ‘Star Trek’ movie premier events to be held without Anton Yelchin in attendance.
Yelchin played Chekov in the three recent ‘Star Trek’ movies and did so with an authentic Russian accent and an infectious amount of enthusiasm. Sadly we lost Anton Yelchin in a freak car accident that took place near his home in Studio City.
“As wonderful as this is to be here with all of you, and to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, there is something wrong tonight,” said producer J.J. Abrams, who directed Yelchin in the first two Star Trek films, released in 2009 and 2013, and produced Beyond.
Abrams added: “There is something missing tonight, there is someone missing tonight.”
While on the red carpet. All members of the ‘Star Trek Beyond’ cast were seen wearing black Star Trek command insignia lapel pins.
On the stage at San Diego’s Embarcadero Marina Park Amphitheater, Star Trek regulars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg and Zoe Saldana were joined by newcomers Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella and director Justin Lin, all honored the late 27 year-old actor, along with Abrams.
“Anton Yelchin should be here,” Abrams continued. “Anton’s parents are here, Irina and Victor. We love their son and if I could ask everyone to have a moment of silence for our dear friend, Anton.”
After a respectful long silence the San Diego Symphony began to play a medley of Star Trek theme music. While the iconic music played a light show appeared above the audience’s head, while fireworks exploded over the marina.
Quinto, who plays Spock in the series, also said a few words for the late Leonard Nimoy, who passed away earlier this year. “I Just want to take a moment to honor him, to acknowledge him, to celebrate him and to love him. We all carry him with us in our heart, tonight,” Quinto said.
‘Star Trek Beyond’ sees the Enterprise crew separated when an attack lead by the the dictator Krall (Idris Elba) that leaves them stranded on a hostile, mysterious world. The movie hits theaters on July 22.