Anthon Yelchin has been keeping busy since appearing as Chekov in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek. He voices "Clumsy" in the new Smurfs movie and stars in the vampire film Fright Night opening on Friday. In a new interview promoting the film, Yelchin says that he doesn’t know when he will be needed to return to the bridge of the USS Enterprise, but he is ready to go when called. He also talked about comparisons to Walter Koenig.
Yelchin waiting for news on Star Trek
So Anton Yelchin appears to be waiting like the rest of us for news on the Star Trek sequel. In a new interview with the official Star Trek Yelchin said that although he doesn’t know when he will be needed, he is ready to suit up:
I’m ready. I’m ready. It’s been a while, but whenever they let me know, I’ll be there.
While he waits he may try to fit in another project, saying:
I don’t exactly know when Star Trek is going, but if there’s space I’d like to do, probably, a smaller film.
In discussing his portrayal of Chekov, the actor also noted that it was "huge" to get the blessing of the original Chekov, Walter Koenig. And even though his Chekov is somewhat different, it is important for Yelchin to have a strong connection with the original, saying:
I don’t know if it builds to Walter’s Chekov, that if we make more films then suddenly it’ll totally become that guy. I just think that I tried to capture as close as possible all of the great qualities that Walter brought to his Chekov. So I hope there’s a continuity. I don’t know if it’s necessarily an evolution, but I hope there’s a continuity where you can say, “Oh, yeah, I buy that person being that age.”
Yelchin as Chekov in "Star Trek"
Fright Night Opens Friday
Anton Yelchin has to deal with his vampire neighbor in Fright Night, opening Friday August 19th. Here is a clip with Yelchin and David Tennant.