Simon Pegg: Star Trek franchise lost momentum after Anton Yelchin’s death

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9666155aa) Actor and cast member Simon Pegg arrives at the world premiere of “Terminal” on in Los Angeles World Premiere of “Terminal”, Los Angeles, USA – 08 May 2018

Simon Pegg believes the Star Trek movie franchise has stalled because the team has “lost momentum” following the death of Anton Yelchin.

The British actor has played Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott in the relaunched sci-fi franchise since 2009 and last appeared as the Enterprise engineer in Star Trek Beyond, which was released weeks after the death of Yelchin, who played Pavel Chekov, in 2016.

A fourth instalment has been hit by numerous delays, with Noah Hawley and Quentin Tarantino being rumoured to direct the next outing, but a film has yet to be given a green light by executives at movie studio Paramount.

When asked about the delays with the franchise, Pegg, who also co-wrote Star Trek Beyond, explained to GamesRadar+ and Total Film that the shock death of 27-year-old Yelchin has dampened the enthusiasm for more films.

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