Waiting to begin work on Star Trek 2, Anton Yelchin admits that he is in the dark when it comes to details about the sequel, but he is eager and ready to get to work on the film.
The actor also spoke about his Russian accent, explaining that even though he was born in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, his natural accent is long-gone. “I lost my accent years ago,” he said. “My accent is just for the movies. Walter Koenig‘s accent was so fun and wonderful to fool around with. It’s like the original series itself. It’s got this great camp quality to it. I embrace that.”
Yelchin didn’t know much about the original series but became a fan once he started watching it. “I love the original series,” he said. “I didn’t know much about it until we did the first film, and I did so much research on it that I get excited by the idea of going back into all of that, looking at my notes on how to play Chekov, watching his scenes again in the movies and the series.”
Now Yelchin is ready to reprise his role of Chekov in Star Trek 2. “I’m stoked,” he said. “They always keep us in the dark, sorta till the last minute. What’s happening, who’ll be in it and what the film will be like. It’s good to know that we’re making it and that J.J.’s directing it, is all I can say.
“I have no idea what Benicio del Toro is playing. I read online, like everybody else, that he’s been having conversations with J.J. No idea what level that’s at. J.J. won’t even tell him what role it would be. That’s J.J.!
“I would be honored to be on the same set with Benicio del Toro in ANY role. If that works out, it’ll be great.”