Watch Zoe Saldana Talking About Working With Anton Yelchin On 2009’s ‘Star Trek’

Today is the 10th anniversary of the release of J.J. Abrams Star Trek film, which revitalized the Star Trek franchise with a new cast, including Anton Yelchin as Chekov, who passed away in a tragic accident in 2016. The makers of the upcoming documentary Love, Antosha about Yelchin chose today to share a clip featuring Anton’s co-star Zoe Saldana recalling the making of that first Star Trek film.

Zoe remembers Anton and Star Trek

This clip from Love, Antosha (via EW) features Zoe Saldana talking about how Anton was so aware of what being part of Star Trek meant and features behind the scenes footage from the set and more including when original Chekov actor Walter Koenig visited.

Love, Antosha

The documentary Love, Antosha is produced by Yelchin’s friend director Drake Doremus (who worked with Anton on Like Crazy). The film features interviews with over 60 of the late actor’s friends and collaborators, including Abrams, Chris Pine, and Zoe Saldana, among other friends from his days aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. The documentary’s director Garret Price tells EW “It wasn’t hard to get them. It really wasn’t. Everybody wanted to be a part of this. All people wanted to do was talk about Anton.”

Love, Antosha premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The video below features director Garrett Price talking about the doc.

Love, Antosha hits theaters this summer on August 2nd.

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I always liked Anton Yelchin’s acting, and not just in Trek, and his talent is really missed. I especially liked his scenes with Chris Pine in Beyond. Just really, really sad that he left this world so soon.

Hard to believe it’s already been 10 years since that first JJVerse Trek movie. Time really does fly.

In a couple of months it will have been thirteen years since this site debuted! Time doesn’t fly; it moves with warp speed.

Anton’s loss was heartbreaking. Way, way, way too damn young.

I really loved his acting in Star Trek – they essentially made this Chekov a young prodigy which I actually really liked. It was the less awkward/non-annoying Wesley Crusher that I always wanted.

One of my all-time favorite films is Like Crazy. It speaks to me in a really deep way about love, and taking leaps of faith for it when you really don’t know how it’s going to work out.

Though I didn’t care for the Kelvin ‘verse’s take on Chekov, Yelchin was obviously a talented young man who was well-liked by his colleagues. A real shame.

So incredibly sad, and an outrageous accidental death.

I welcome the documentary, but I’m not sure I’m up to watching it.

Anton’s death is one of those losses that can truly be termed tragic. A meaningless accident can take our life away at any moment and in Anton’s case, this happened just as Trek fans were just starting to know him. It is obvious he is sorely missed by those close to him and his fellow actors. Thanks Trekmovie for posting this as a memorial to him but also as a reminder of the 10th anniversary of the movie I term Star Trek X1. I really enjoyed it when it came out and will still watch it when I come across it on TV. Back in 2009, none of us knew what was going to happen with the franchise, let alone could we envision 10 years into a future where there would be two live action shows back on TV along with 2 animated series and the prospect of another 1-2 motion pictures. Time really does fly.

I’m not all that into the Kelvin-universe movies, but I thought Yeltsin was a bright spot in them, the one cast member who was clearly much better than the original. I’m sorry for his loss and especially sorry for his parents.

It really makes me sad when I think about Yelchin’s potential as an actor, wasted by a preventable accident that was the fault of an auto manufacturer.

Anton was a brilliant young actor. Oh, the places he could have taken his audiences! It is truly a shame than he died before his time.

Such a bright young talent, the loss will never grow easier. But will watch this, in honor of his spirit.

Strange why hasn’t mentioned that Trek 4 has been shelved. Why?

Strange the site isn’t like actually celebrating the 10 year anniversary too

Poor Anton :(( still can’t believe it happened for real.