Zoe Saldana Pays Tribute To Her Star Trek Co-Star Anton Yelchin

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Ever since Anton Yelchin's sudden death was announced, there has been an outpouring of love, remembrances, and condolences. On Thursday, Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy) posted a touching tribute to her late friend and Star Trek co-star.

"Your sudden and unexpected departure has left us all broken hearted. I woke up today feeling absolute gratitude that I had you as a friend and colleague," wrote Saldana. "Your life has been cut short, but I will always tell everyone about you. You were kind, present, old souled, curious, brilliant, funny, humble, honest, and undeniably talent. Good bye Anton, it was an honor to have crossed paths with you."

Yelchin tragically died last Sunday, at around 1 a.m., when his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backwards down his steep driveway, pinning him against a brick mailbox pillar and security fence. The 27-year-old actor was on his way to meet his friends for rehearsal, but when he didn’t show up, his friends went to his house and found him deceased by his car.

Star Trek Beyond, the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise) at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew. In Beyond, the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

From Paramount Pictures and Skydance, Star Trek Beyond is a Bad Robot, Sneaky Shark, Perfect Storm Entertainment production. The film stars John Cho, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoë Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Idris Elba. Directed by Justin Lin, the third film in the franchise series is produced by J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, Lindsey Weber, and Justin Lin; and executive produced by Jeffrey Chernov, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Tommy Harper. Based upon Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry, the screenplay is written by Simon Pegg & Doug Jung.

Star Trek Beyond opens in theaters and IMAX beginning July 22.