Three Actors Who Might Be to Play Chekov in Star Trek
Anton Yelchin, as Pavel Chekov in the new series of Star Trek movies, brought an irresistible combination of enthusiasm, boyish charm, and smarts to the role. He made a strong impression in the role of Chekov in Star Trek, helping to define the character for a new generation of Star Trek fans. In the wake of Yelchin’s tragic passing, and given that he made such a lasting impression, would it be possible to recast the role for a new actor, or would the studio be better served creating a new role / character for the new Star Trek franchise?
Personally, I feel like a new role / character may be the more appropriate option for the new Star Trek films, but whatever route the studio decides to take, there are a three actors I feel could help carry on the lighthearted, charming spirit of the role.
Currently most well known for his lead role as Elliot Alderson in the USA Network’s Mr. Robot, Rami Malek has proven he has strong dramatic acting ability. But if you look at some of his previous support roles, such as in the Night and the Museum series, or in Tom Hank’s romantic-comedy Larry Crowne, you can see strong evidence that he also possesses a fair amount of comic ability and charm.
First coming to people’s notice as the young William Miller in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, Michael Angarano has, in a relatively short time, packed in an impressive number of performances covering a variety of genres. More recently, Angarano turned in an excellent, and nuanced performance as Dr. Bertie Chickering in the Cinemax series The Knick, easily keeping pace with co-star Clive Owen.
Though most recognized currently for his roles as Beast in the recent X-Men films, Nicholas Hoult first stepped into the spotlight in 2002’s About a Boy, handily stealing scenes from co-star Hugh Grant, and displaying a knack for awkward charm. And more recent roles in Mad Max: Fury Road and the aforementioned X-Men movies (First Class, Days of the Future Past, Apocalypse) have continued to deliver on his promise as an actor.
Is there an actor you feel like could carry on the role of Chekov in Star Trek for the new series? Let us know in the comments.