It’s been almost three years since we tragically lost Anton Yelchin at the age of 27. In his short life, he made a very serious impression as an actor, lending his talents to a metric ton of memorable projects like Charlie Bartlett, the remake of Fright Night, Only Lovers Left Alive, Terminator: Salvation, Green Room, and of course as Ensign Pavel Chekov in JJ Abrams’ trio of Star Trek films. Now, a new documentary called Love Antosha, a reference to Anton’s Russian name, will chronicle the brief life and incredible career of Yelchin. You can check out the trailer for the new film down below. Even just the trailer makes us well up.
This new documentary, directed and produced by Garret Price, was made in cooperation with Anton’s parents. Love Antosha reveals details of Yelchin’s struggle with cystic fibrosis, a diagnosis he received at the age of seventeen, for the very first time. The film also explores Anton’s other non-acting pursuits like photography and playing guitar. Narrated by Nicolas Cage, Love Antosha has interviews with many of his friends and co-stars, including well known names like Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Jodie Foster, Willem Dafoe, Ana Taylor-Joy, and almost his entire Star Trek family, including JJ Abrams.
Anton was the son of two professional figure skaters in Soviet-era Leningrad. He grew up in the United States when his parents fled here to avoid persecution. He began acting at the age of 11 and never stopped, performing in both television and film. We can now only imagine what the rest of his career and life would have been like. But even at the young age at which he passed he left a tremendous legacy of amazing performances that won’t soon be forgotten. It’s still so very sad.
Love Antosha arrives in limited release on August 2, 2019.
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