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Gwendolyn Purdom
November 30, 2017 3:20 pm

The world lost Anton Yelchin last year when the promising actor was just 27. Yelchin had already made a name for himself in his tragically short career, appearing in a number of indie films and as Chekov in the Star Trek movies. Now, more than a year after an at-home accident took his life, Yelchin’s legacy is living on through Thoroughbreds, which features the late actor in one of of his final roles — and now has a new trailer.

Described as “American Psycho meets Heathers,” Thoroughbreds tells the story of friends Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) who’ve reconnected in suburban Connecticut after years of growing apart and bond over their shared hatred of Lily’s stepdad (House of Cards‘ Paul Sparks). Yelchin plays Tim, a shady character the girls enlist to help them get stepdad Mark out of the picture.

Anton Yelchin’s charm, humor, and on-screen honesty is on display throughout the black comedy’s new trailer.

The movie has already gotten glowing reviews from film fests, and the promise of seeing Yelchin on screen again, while bittersweet, will surely draw crowds to the theater when Thoroughbreds comes out in March.

Though Yelchin has been gone since June of 2016, his friends and family members have dedicated themselves to keeping his memory alive.

Close friend Kat Dennings has posted tribute after heartfelt tribute to her Charlie Bartlett co-star on her social media channels, even sharing some of Yelchin’s original music on what would have been his 28th birthday. In October, stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Zoë Saldana, J.J. Abrams, and others gathered in Los Angeles along with Yelchin’s family to celebrate his life. Yelchin’s mother announced at the event that they’d set up The Anton Yelchin Foundation in her son’s honor to help artists facing disabilities or disease.

Watching the new trailer is heartbreaking, of course, as we know the film was one of Yelchin’s last performances. But it’s also an honor to watch a talented artist we lost too soon doing something he loved.

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