The unexpected death of actor Anton Yelchin comes just one month away from the release of “Star Trek Beyond,” in which he reprises his role as Chekov.
Paramount, the studio releasing the film sequel, shared a statement on Sunday, paying tribute to the late actor:
“All of us at Paramount join the world in morning the untimely passing of Antony Yelchin. As a member of the Star Trek family, he was beloved by so many and he will [be] missed by all. We share our deepest condolences with his mother, father and family.”
Director Justin Lin also shared his condolences on Twitter:
Still in shock. Rest in peace, Anton. Your passion and enthusiasm will live on with everyone that had the pleasure of knowing you.
— Justin Lin (@justinlin) June 19, 2016
Paramount is not commenting yet on whether there will be any changes around the release of the film, due in theaters July 22.