Anton Yelchin Joins Star Trek

August 8, 2007

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J.J. Abrams has added one more name to his Star Trek prequel crew with actual Russian Anton Yelchin taking the role of Chekhov, the Enterprise's navigator. You probably saw Yelchin in his recent role as the kidnapped kid in Alpha Dog, the one the blonde girl strangely identifies as "stolen boy" in the trailer. The actor is twelve years younger than the film's Spock, Zachary Quinto, which seems like a larger gap in age than I would have expected, though I know nothing about Star Trek ages and have no reason for thinking that. Still, it's given me hope for a toddler Sulu, which will be adorable when he tries to fly the ship and can't reach the pedals.

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