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J.J. Abrams Leads Moment of Silence For Anton Yelchin at SDCC Star Trek Beyond Premiere

Generally, Comic-Con is a party where all the geek glitterati show up to connect with fans and hawk their wares. But at the Star Trek Beyond premiere event at SDCC Wednesday night, the party atmosphere became a little more subdued as the cast and crew, led by Executive Producer J.J. Abrams, took the time to remember castmate Anton Yelchin, who lovably played Chekov in both Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, and recently passed away in an unfortunate accident.

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Abrams, director Justin Lin, and the cast arrived wearing these black Star Trek insignia pins in honor of their fallen friend. As reported by The Huffington Post, Yelchin’s parents, Irina and Victor, were also in attendance, and Abrams mentioned them when he said a few words before asking for a minute of silence in Yelchin’s honor. He said:

“As wonderful as this is to be here with all of you and to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, there is something wrong tonight. There is something missing tonight. There is someone missing tonight. Anton Yelchin should be here. Anton’s parents are here, Irina and Victor. We love their son, and if I could ask everyone to have a moment of silence for our dear friend, Anton.”

Buzzfeed Senior Film Writer, Adam Vary, was able to capture the moving moment on video:

I’ll finally be seeing Star Trek Beyond tonight, and I’m really excited as I’ve heard really good things about it from friends who are also Trek fans. However, knowing that this is the last time I’ll be seeing Yelchin as Chekov in the Kelvin Universe, as well as knowing that there’s a tribute both to him and to the inimitable Leonard Nimoy at the end of the film will definitely tinge my experience with a bit of melancholy.

How are you feeling about all this? Have you already seen Star Trek Beyond? Will you be seeing it this weekend? Let’s chat about all the Star Trek feels below.

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Teresa Jusino
Teresa Jusino (she/her) is a native New Yorker and a proud Puerto Rican, Jewish, bisexual woman with ADHD. She's been writing professionally since 2010 and was a former TMS assistant editor from 2015-18. Now, she's back as a contributing writer. When not writing about pop culture, she's writing screenplays and is the creator of your future favorite genre show. Teresa lives in L.A. with her brilliant wife. Her other great loves include: Star Trek, The Last of Us, anything by Brian K. Vaughan, and her Level 5 android Paladin named Lal.

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