Star Trek event cancelled due to death of Anton Yelchin

Movie bosses have cancelled a Star Trek event in Cannes following the death of actor Anton Yelchin.

The cast of the third film in the franchise - Star Trek Beyond - were due to take part in a Q&A at the 63rd Cannes Lions festival on Wednesday.

A portrait of Anton Yelchin
Anton Yelchin (Domenico Stinellis/AP)

However, it has been called off after Anton died at the weekend.

Paramount said in a statement: "All of us are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend Anton Yelchin.

"Out of respect, we are withdrawing our participation in the previously announced Star Trek Beyond event at Cannes Lions this week."

The 27-year-old actor died early on Sunday after his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled down his driveway and he was pinned against a letter box pillar and a security fence.

Anton was best known for playing Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek films.

Cast members Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and John Cho are among those who have expressed their condolences.

JJ Abrams, who directed him in 2009´s Star Trek and its 2013 follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness, also paid tribute.

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