EXCLUSIVE: 'Star Trek Beyond' cast-members remember Anton Yelchin ahead of film's release

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The 'Star Trek Beyond' Cast Remembers Anton Yelchin: 'He Can Never Be Replaced'

The cast of Star Trek Beyond is keeping Anton Yelchin in their thoughts, almost a month after the 27-year-old actor tragically died following a freak accident.

ET caught up with the stars at the junket for the upcoming sci-fi flick, where they spoke of the tight bond they shared with their fallen co-star.

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"We're mourning. We're grieving the loss of a great friend and a great human being, and he can never be replaced," Zoe Saldana told ET's Carly Steel at the junket on Wednesday.

"It's been obviously horrific and really challenging, and ultimately very private experience for us," Zachary Quinto echoed, adding that celebrating the film feels "a bit at odds" with what the cast is experiencing as they mourn the actor. "The senselessness of Anton's loss was something that none of us could really fathom, but our goal is to really celebrate him and his spirit."

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Actor Anton Yelchin poses during ceremonies for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting awards in Beverly Hills November 7, 2013. Yelchin performed some of the winning scripts at the event. The Nicholl Fellowships is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT)
Cast members Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin (L) of the film "Like Crazy" speak during a news conference at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto, September 13, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast members Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin pose at the premiere of "Like Crazy" at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California October 25, 2011. The movie opens in the U.S. on October 28. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PORTRAIT)
Cast member Anton Yelchin attends the red carpet for the movie "Cymbeline" at the 71st Venice Film Festival September 3, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (ITALY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Anton Yelchin poses during the photo call for the movie "Cymbeline" at the 71st Venice Film Festival September 3, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (ITALY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Director Michael Almereyda (C) poses with cast members Milla Jovovich (2nd R), Ethan Hawke (R), John Leguizamo (L) and Anton Yelchin attend the red carpet for the movie "Cymbeline" at the 71st Venice Film Festival September 3, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (ITALY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actors (L-R) Anton Yelchin, Elle Fanning, Taraji P. Henson and Jason Isaacs, pose during ceremonies for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting awards in Beverly Hills November 7, 2013. The actors performed the winning scripts at the event. The Nicholl Fellowships is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Anton Yelchin poses during the photo call for the movie "Cymbeline" at the 71st Venice Film Festival September 3, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File Photo
Cast members Anton Yelchin (C), Alexandra Daddario (L) and Ashley Greene pose during the photo call for the movie "Burying the ex" at the 71st Venice Film Festival September 4, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (ITALY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Anton Yelchin poses during the photo call for the movie "Burying the ex" at the 71st Venice Film Festival September 4, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File Photo
Actor Anton Yelchin poses during ceremonies for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting awards in Beverly Hills November 7, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/File Photo
Cast member Anton Yelchin poses at the U.S. premiere of the film "Terminator Salvation" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California, May 14, 2009. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT)
Cast member Anton Yelchin of the film "Like Crazy" poses during a news conference at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto September 13, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Anton Yelchin arrives on the red carpet for the film "Like Crazy" during the 36th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) September 13, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Anton Yelchin holds his Hollywood Spotlight Award backstage at the 15th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala in Beverly Hills, California October 24, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Anton Yelchin poses at the premiere of "Fierce People" at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles August 29, 2007. The movie opens in the U.S. on September 14. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES)
U.S actors Anton Yelchin poses for a photocall for his film "Fright Night" during the 37th American Film Festival in Deauville, September 3, 2011. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Anton Yelchin arrives for the premiere of "The Beaver" at The Paramount Theater during the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Rahav Segev (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Fourteen year old actor Mika Boorem (L) and twelve year old co-star Anton Yelchin arrive at the world premiere of their film "Hearts in Atlantis" at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 7, 2001. "Hearts in Atlantis" is directed by Scott Hicks and stars Anthony Hopkins. REUTERS/Mike Cassese MC/ME
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"It is devastating to lose a member of your family, and we were so shocked," Karl Urban solemnly expressed, before his co-star Simon Pegg jumped in. "He was the greatest guy," he said, describing Yelchin as "the smartest guy in the room."

The cast of the sci-fi blockbuster has become extremely close. Since they first filmed Star Trek in 2007, they've stuck together, and are able to celebrate their upcoming film -- in style.

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"We're all kind of stylin'," Quinto said of the cast's impressive fashion sense. "I always say this is the gayest group of straight men that I've ever worked with in my entire life."

"We shop more than Zach," Chris Pine agreed.

"We generally meet in the bar," Pegg joked about their pre-premiere fashion rituals.

It seems this cast is in agreement on everything -- including the decision to reveal that John Cho's character, Sulu, is gay.

"I think it's great," said Quinto, who is openly gay himself. "All you have to do is really look at the reactions and they've been so overwhelmingly positive, especially from young people. To me, this kind of normalized positive portrayal of an LGBT character in the franchise world is exciting and important."

For Cho, who portrays the character, he felt the responsibility to do the role justice. (George Takei, the 79-year-old actor who originally played Sulu in the Star Trek franchise, expressed his disappointment with the decision to reveal Sulu was gay.)

"I was just concerned that we handle it correctly, and I think we have," he explained. "It suggests a future where no one has to come out of any closets, and as far as George [Takei] goes, I just respect and admire him so much. I [understand] where he's coming from, and we just happen to differ."

But according to executive producer J.J. Abrams, it's about time. "The larger issue is it's about time that a world like Star Trek has a character that happens to be gay," he said. "It's not a big deal. It's not the plot. It's just something that felt right to do."

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ET was first on the set of Star Trek Beyond, set to hit theaters on July 22. Check it out in the video below.

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