The Hollywood Reporter states that Russian-born Anton Yelchin ("Alpha Dog") is in talks to play Checkov in the new Star Trek film, scheduled to start shooting on November 5th.
Yelchin will join Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy, who will both play the role of Mr. Spock. Casting is under way in New York and London for Kirk, Bones, Uhura, Sulu, Scotty, the film's villain and the Federation captain. Abrams, who will helm the untitled film, is expected to sign bigger-name actors for the latter two parts.
So still no news as to who is going to play the younger Kirk. Whoever it is, they've got some seriously big shoes to fill. I wonder if the actor who is cast will have to go to a special school where they forget everything they were taught about acting.