While making the rounds to promote The Beaver, Anton Yelchin spoke briefly about Star Trek 2 and reprising the character of Chekov.
Yelchin, like the other Star Trek 2 actors, has no idea when actual filming begins. “It should be at some point,” he said. “At some point, we will make it.”
But Yelchin is ready to go when the call comes. “I haven’t read the script,” he said, “but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what it is. It will be a lot of fun to play the character again, do all the research again and do all the homework. Also, it’s a great group of people. It’s one thing when you’re going back to a movie and you’re like, ‘Oh, God, I’ve got to work with these people again.’ But, it’s such a great group. I enjoyed working with them all so much that I look forward to seeing them all again and working with them.”
Slipping back into the character of Chekov after several years isn’t as easy as one might think; given the familiarity Yelchin has with the character after playing him in Star Trek XI. “In a way, it will be difficult…to make sure it’s the same person. That was almost four years ago, so it will definitely be challenging to try to capture the same thing.”
In Yelchin’s most recent film, The Beaver, which opens tomorrow, Yelchin plays Porter Black, the oldest son of a depressed man, Walter Black (Mel Gibson), who adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communicating.