The actor Anton Yelchin is said to have been cast as a very young Pavel Chekov. The actor Tom Cruise has been approached to play Capt. Christopher Pike My Take On These Items- Not much to say about the Chekov news. However I do think Cruise is a big mistake. Instead they should cast Ray Liotta (Goodfellas) as Chris Pike. Liotta looks like he is related to actor Jeffrey Hunter (original Chris Pike).