The world is still mourning the passing of 27-year-old Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin, who sadly passed away this Sunday. The unexpected death of such a highly-celebrated young actor with an exceptionally unique onscreen presence has been a devastating loss for his family, friends and fans.
In an interview with IndieWire, Yelchin's friend and collaborator Keith Kjarval revealed the late actor was only three weeks away from the starting production on his first directorial and screenwriting debut, Travis.
Yelchin and Kjarval, who had worked together previously on The Driftless Area (2015) and Rudderless (2014), also tapped Gary Schultz to produce and Sean Price Williams as director of photography.
In the interview, Kjarval describes Travis as a "deeply personal" film for Yelchin and what he suspected to be the first of many to join his filmography. The premise of the film is about a young actor and photographer who inadvertently watch a young woman's murder:
“We were calling it a voyeuristic crime thriller. It was neo-noir, very urgent in morality, like a Dardennes brothers film.”
Yelchin had already cast two of his Green Room costars, Callum Turner as the titular character and Alia Shawkat. Also set to join the cast was Resident Evil star Milla Jovovic. Marilyn Manson was reportedly in the running to score the film.
“I know for sure that this film was going to reveal the undeniable and indisputable fact that Anton is a very rare and exceptionally gifted artist. The amount of research and photography and art that he was pouring into this film was inspiring.”
From his extensive work in all genres of film, there's little question of the multitudes of lost work we'll never get to see. Anton Yelchin's death has left a void in the artistic community. His friend's touching tribute explained what Anton Yelchin mean to him, and what he meant to the world:
"What he gave us was an example of the joy we should all take into our passions and the spirit with which we should live our lives. And for those of us who are chasing that perfect note, he showed us time and again that it is possible."
Read further outpourings and reactions from Yelchin's friends and co-stars here.
Anton Yelchin's first posthumous film Star Trek Beyond will be released on July 22.