J.J. Abrams News: Chekov is Cast, Supernatural Thriller

J.J. Abrams is one busy fella. Besides going around thinking up viral marketing ideas for his upcoming “Cloverfield”, he’s busy prepping Star Trek 11, which means casting, casting, and more casting. The latest Abrams find is Russian-born Anton Yelchin, who has landed the role of young Pavel Chekov, the Russian-born navigator of the USS Enterprise under the command of James T. Kirk. Yelchin will join “Heroes” star Zachary Quinto, who is already set to play young Spock.

Meanwhile, Abrams is also producing a new and as yet untitled supernatural thriller that will be written and directed by Josh Marston, who burst onto the scene with his indie movie “Maria Full of Grace”.

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Details on the pitch were being kept under wraps, as is Abrams’ usual m.o. Still, only a year into a five-year pact with Paramount, Bad Robot has quietly set up at least seven projects, covering the comedy, romantic comedy, horror and supernatural genres. It’s expected that Bad Robot will generate at least two projects a year for the studio, but Abrams’ shop is keeping tight-lipped about all of them.

One busy fella, Abrams.

Chekov is Cast