Even though Anton Yelchin is looking forward to Star Trek 2, other projects are keeping him busy.
Yelchin’s latest film is a remake of Fright Night, due out this Friday. In Fright Night, Yelchin portrays Charley Brewster, a young man who suspects his new neighbor of being a vampire.
Like with Star Trek XI, Yelchin did prep work for the Fright Night remake. “If there’s something else that’s out there that’s info about the movie or that contributes to the context of what we’re doing, I look into it,” he said.
Now Yelchin is working on Odd Thomas, due out next year, an adaptation of Dean Koontz‘ s novel of the same name. In Odd Thomas, short-order cook Thomas (Yelchin) can see and speak to the dead, but they can’t speak to him. Thomas must somehow use his ability to communicate with the dead to prevent a mass catastrophe from happening.
“[Odd Thomas] is going well,” said Yelchin. “It’s a great group of people, a great cast and crew. For me, it’s a very good story. Ultimately, it’s a beautiful romance, a tragic romance, which is something people are always drawn to. For me, it’s a pulp novel. It’s like Raymond Chandler, but with supernatural shit thrown in. It definitely has that quality, and I like that. That excites me.”
After that, Star Trek 2 should be next. In Star Trek 2, Yelchin is looking forward to reprising the role of Chekov, but has no specific wishes on what Chekov should be or do in the next film. “I trust the people that are writing it,” he said. “They wrote a good film and a good character the first time around, and I enjoyed doing that. So I trust that they’ll find some mission for me to do in the next one.”
Yelchin has tried to model his Chekov after Walter Koenig‘s version of the character and hopes that fans will be able to see that his Chekov leads to the original series older version. “I don’t know if [my performance] builds to Walter’s Chekov, that if we make more films then suddenly it’ll totally become that guy,” he said. “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.'”