Hollywood was quick to mourn Anton Yelchin after news of the young actor’s unexpected death broke on Sunday. Yelchin, who was 27, died early Sunday in a car accident. Known for his role in the recent Star Trek series of films, Yelchin was remembered by Paramount and J.J. Abrams, who directed the last two Star Trek films before handing over directing duties on the third film, Star Trek Beyond, to Justin Lin. That movie, which will be distributed by Paramount, hits theaters July 22.
“All of us at Paramount join the world in morning the untimely passing of Anton Yelchin. As a member of the Star Trek family, he was beloved by so many and he will missed by all. We share our deepest condolences with his mother, father and family,” Paramount said in a statement.
Drake Doremus, who wrote and directed Like Crazy, the 2011 film that won Sundance’s grand jury prize and features Yelchin’s most acclaimed performance, was reached by The Hollywood Reporter shortly after the news broke. “I’m still in shock,” he said. “I’m having a hard time processing it. I just woke up and saw it online and thought it was a hoax, you know, like some of these things are. Then I talked to some people who confirmed it and it’s just devastating.” He continued, “Everyone’s devastated. I spoke to Felicity [Jones, Yelchin’s costar in Like Crazy], who is very devastated and very upset. And Jon Schwartz [Like Crazy‘s producer]. You just try to touch base with all the people you love and who changed your life, and he certainly changed all our lives.”
In her own statement, Jones said: “I’m devastated. A world without Anton is a lesser place. He touched everyone he met with his honesty and humanity. We have lost a unique and profound soul.”
Jodie Foster, who directed Yelchin in 2011’s The Beaver, mourned the young actor. “What a rare and beautiful soul with his unstoppable passion for life. He was equal parts serious thinker and the most fun little brother you could ever dream of,” Foster said in a statement. “I am so honored to have been able to direct such a deep actor, so committed and genuine. I will forever be grateful for all of those little exchanges we shared, his contagious enthusiasm, his questions, his company. My heart breaks for his mom and dad who were a part of every anecdote. He carried their love into everything he touched.”
More Hollywood figures took to social media to remember Yelchin, including Abrams, who posted a handwritten note to the Twitter account for his production company Bad Robot. “You were brilliant. You were kind. You were funny as hell, and supremely talented. And you weren’t here nearly long enough. Missing you …,” Abrams wrote in his note.
Justin Timberlake, who co-starred with Yelchin in the 2006 film Alpha Dog, said of the late actor, “Genius actor. Amazing human being. Gone WAY too soon.”
See what else Hollywood is saying about Yelchin below.
Genius actor. Amazing human being. Gone WAY too soon.
May he rest in peace.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) June 20, 2016
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) June 19, 2016
Anton was a sweetheart. Absolutely a great creative partner and artist.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 19, 2016
Terrible news about Anton Yelchin, crazily talented actor gone too soon.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 19, 2016
This is unreal. Anton Yelchin is such a talent. Such a huge loss.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) June 19, 2016
Devastated to hear about the brilliant Anton Yelchin. He was thoughtful, kind, and gifted. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 19, 2016
Such sad news about Anton Yelchin. I only admired from afar, but a true artist and a real star in my eyes. Such a loss. Such a tragic loss.
— Sam Claflin (@samclaflin) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin just died in a car wreck. So damn sad. I met him and his Mom on a plane once. They were very sweet. https://t.co/OtkoO4HisG
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) June 19, 2016
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) June 19, 2016
My condolences to all who lost Anton Yelchin. He was a great talent and it remains joy to watch his work.
— Gabby SidiBae (@GabbySidibe) June 19, 2016
I loved Anton Yelchin so much. He was a true artist – curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I’m in ruins.
— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) June 19, 2016
Please send your love to Anton’s family right now. They need it.
— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) June 19, 2016
Devastated about Anton Yelchin. He was a very sweet kid. My heart goes out to his family
— Hank Azaria (@HankAzaria) June 19, 2016
Beyond sad and stunned to hear about Anton Yelchin.
My thoughts are with his family and friends.
— Dane DeHaan (@danedehaan) June 19, 2016
I am utterly heartbroken about this terrible news. Anton Yelchin was a gift to this world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) June 19, 2016
Crestfallen to hear the news of Anton Yelchin. He was a superb actor and I always looked forward to the work he did. He will be missed.
— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) June 19, 2016
So sad to hear of Anton Yelchin’s passing. I always have admired his incredible acting abilities. My love & thoughts are with his family
— Willow Shields (@WillowShields) June 19, 2016
Man, saddened to hear of Anton Yelchin. Didn’t know him well – worked separately on Only Lovers Left Alive, and I only remember a sweet kid.
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) June 19, 2016
Sick to my stomach about Anton Yelchin’s passing. Great guy. Great talent. Sending love to his family.
— Jon Hurwitz (@jonhurwitz) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin was a bright, brilliant talent, and a truly kind person. I was so taken by him, and won’t ever forget his sweet smile. RIP
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 19, 2016
Can’t believe this news about Anton Yelchin. What a huge loss. Speechless.
— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin was one of my best friends. Can’t say anything that conveys what this feels like
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) June 19, 2016
our dear friend. our comrade. our anton. one of the most open and intellectually curious people i have ever had the pleasure to know. so enormously talented and generous of heart. wise beyond his years. and gone before his time. all love and strength to his family at this impossible time of grief.
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Oh, Anton. Such a dedicated, generous and hyper-smart young man. So grateful for the time we shared, destroyed he left so soon.
— Jeremy Saulnier (@saulnier_jeremy) June 19, 2016
I can’t believe it , I m fckn hurting bad !
— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) June 19, 2016
Absolutely devastated to hear about Anton Yelchin. He was such a gifted, natural actor & a deeply kind man. My thoughts are with his family.
— Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston) June 19, 2016
Was waiting because I am speechless….dear dear Anton Yelchin, I don’t know what to say other than godspeed my friend. Deep regrets.
— Willie Garson (@WillieGarson) June 19, 2016
This is so unreal. Anton Yelchin was such a brilliant and warmhearted actor and person. Such a tragic loss. May he rest in peace.
— Uma Thurman (@ithurman_) June 19, 2016