(CNN)Producer J.J. Abrams said Anton Yelchin's "Star Trek" character, Pavel Chekov, will not be recast in the film franchise.
'Star Trek' producer J.J. Abrams: Anton Yelchin will not be replaced
"I would say there's no replacing him," Abrams told the Toronto Sun. "There's no recasting. I can't possibly imagine that, and I think Anton deserves better."
Yelchin was killed in a freak accident in June. He played Chekov in three films, including the upcoming "Star Trek: Beyond" releasing in theaters on Friday.
"We knew going into this movie it would be a bit of a heartbreak just because of Leonard (Nimoy's death). We had no idea just how devastating events would become."
"Star Trek Beyond" premieres at San Diego Comic-Com Thursday night.