Chris Pine's Poignant Memories of Anton Yelchin on Star Trek Beyond

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Chris Pine, Captain Kirk in Star Trek Beyond

Chris Pine Remembers Joy of Working With Anton Yelchin from Star Trek Beyond

The shocking death of Anton Yelchin in a freak car accident stunned Hollywood. The actor was only 27, had just finished another “Star Trek” movie, and was pursuing his dream of becoming a director. None perhaps felt the loss more than his colleagues on “Star Trek Beyond,” particularly Chris Pine, who got to spend more time on set with Yelchin for this installment of the franchise.

“The first two films were very Spock and Kirk-centric. I feel like in this one that relationship is stable and strong and we don’t have to say much to know where we stand,” Pine tells Made in Hollywood reporter Patrick Stinson. “In this I got to spend a lot of time with Anton, who plays Chekov, which was a lot of fun because Kirk is always serious and needs to get the mission done and Chekov is this very light spirit who seems to know everything, has ideas that pop to him. That was a fun dynamic to play out.”

Star Trek Beyond Moves Away From Chris Pine-Zachary Quinto Friendship

That wasn’t the only change. Dr. “Bones” McCoy, played by Karl Urban, brings out a side usually not seen in the stoic Spock, played by Zachary Quinto.

“We love each other across the board, so it was great for the characters to be able to shift up their energy dynamics,” says Quinto. “I spent a lot of time with Karl — Spock and McCoy spend a lot of time together in this film — and that was really fun for me. A lot of humor in that relationship, which I enjoyed and I think audiences will enjoy as well.”

Another new aspect: a different director. Justin Lin from the “Fast & Furious” films takes over for J.J. Abrams. “He brought in this incredible energy,” says Quinto. “He came on board at a moment when he didn’t have a lot of time to prep. It was an already moving ship in terms of our relationships with each other and to the characters. Justin really came in with a clear vision, and I think all of us who were unsure what it would be like to have a new director were immediately shifted into this awareness that we were in great hands. He was incredible, really impressive.”

Star Trek Beyond with Chris Pine Puts the Enterprise in Serious Peril

“Star Trek Beyond” also teases the question about the fate of the Enterprise, which crash lands on a mysterious world and strands the crew in a wilderness where they have to battle a deadly alien race while trying to figure out a way to escape.

“The Enterprise is like a character in this work, so I think it’s always overwhelming when you see a beloved character in peril,” says Quinto. “Certainly that’s the case with the Enterprise in this movie. But it’s done in such an exhilarating way and that action sequence is so thrilling that audiences will probably be as excited as they are horrified by what happens to the ship.”