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Anton Yelchin Talks 'Star Trek 3' Director

Actor who plays Chekov is confident franchise will find exciting candidate

In the wake of Joe Cornish’s exit from potential candidates to direct “Star Trek 3,” actor Anton Yelchin is expressing his support for Bad Robot’s ongoing search.

Starring as Pavel Chekov in director J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” and "Star Trek: Into Darkness,” Yelchin is excited by the prospect of working with a new director.

“I trust the people involved and trust that they want what’s best for the film,” Yelchin recently told Collider. “I’m sure they’ll find someone talented. If it’s not Joe Cornish, who’s very talented, it’ll be someone else.

“Everyone at Bad Robot, J.J. and Bryan Burk are all very, very smart people. So they’ll do what needs to be done for the film, and I’ll be excited to find out what that is.”

Yelchin is currently starring in “Burying the Ex,” a horror comedy from director Joe Dante (“The Howling,” “Gremlins”) about a man confronted by his dead girlfriend, who comes back as a zombie. The film also stars Ashley Greene, Alexandra Daddario and Oliver Cooper.

Cornish, who directed 2011's “Attack the Block,” was an early favorite to helm the franchise following Abrams’ departure to direct Disney’s "Star Wars: Episode VII." There is no word on other candidates.

However, writers for “Star Trek 3” are already set. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who penned Bad Robot’s graphic novel adaption "Boilerplate," will script the sequel with Roberto Orci. They replace exiting writers Alex Kurtzman ("Transformers") and Damon Lindelof ("Lost”).

Shooting on the film is expected to start this summer. Paramount and Skydance Productions are eyeing a 2016 release in time for the franchise's 50th anniversary.

See more of Collider’s interview with Yelchin here.

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