Today (March 11) is Anton Yelchin’s 19th birthday. He may not be old enough to drink, but he is old enough to get a seat on the bridge of the USS Enterprise as Chekov in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek. In a new interview with Total Film Magazine, the young actor says he thinks the new movie isn’t going to be ‘old Trek’ and that it is going to be ‘epic’ and ‘awesome.’
Yelchin on the mega film’s budget and where it is going:
Most of the money is going into making it look awesome. You have to realize how epic it is. That word is so overused, but we were shooting on the bridge and you sit there thinking, ‘I’m on the Enterprise!’ Would I ever have thought I’d be on this set? Never!
The new Chekov also talked about what kind of film he thinks they are making:
I talked to JJ a lot about what he wanted. He said, ‘We’re not making something that’s supposed to be the old Star Trek’, but I think people wanna see the things they love so we’re all trying to remind people of the old characters.
oh…and Happy Birthday Anton from TrekMovie.com
Anton Yelchin at the 2008 ACE Eddie Awards February 17, 2008 (Wire Image)