While promoting his new film Fierce People, Anton Yelchin briefly answered a couple questions about his role as Pavel Chekov in the new Star Trek film. “There’s not much to say, actually,” he explained to Collider.com, but went on to say he was excited the project and about working with director J.J. Abrams. The 18-year-old Russian born actor guessed his age and background may have something to do with his casting, joking “I can do a Russian, [I am] familiar with Russian people. Very, very familiar.”
UPDATE: Yelchin talks about audition process (see below)
IESB.net caught up with Yelchin at the premiere of Fierce People and asked him about getting the role for Trek. Yelchin again said that he didn’t know much and revealed that he hadn’t even read the script (it is likely that only a few cast members will have seen the whole script this early on…which is the same thing the writing team did with Transformers). Yelchin did talk about how he had to say the most famous Chekov line ‘nuclear vessels’ with a Russian accent in his audition (which he demonstrates on video). It appears Yelchin is not that familiar with Star Trek, but noted he plans to lock himself in a room and watch "box set after box set" to learn all about Trek.