'Star Trek' producer J.J. Abrams: Anton Yelchin will not be replaced

'Star Trek' actor dies in freak accident
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(CNN)Producer J.J. Abrams said Anton Yelchin's "Star Trek" character, Pavel Chekov, will not be recast in the film franchise.

"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.