The poor bastard has already paid his dues, starring in great-but-cancelled TV show Huff as Hank Azaria's son, and virtually carrying Alpha Dog by himself. He's the next Leonardo DiCaprio. But, y'know, not crap.
Despite blowing his wad a bit on the tonal clusterfuck that was Charlie Bartlett, all he needs is the right break, right? His parents are the infamous russian figure skaters Viktor and Irina Yelchin, which means he is genetically built from the 'WORK NOW, GRUEL LATER' ethic. This kid is in it for the long haul.
Hmm, Not Sold. I Can Look Out For Further Proof?
You wait for one big break and then two come along at once. He's playing two key younger versions of classic movie characters this summer: Chekov in Star Trek and Kyle Reese in Terminator:Salvation. Holy SHIT dude.