Film­ing gets un­der­way in Dubai for latest in­stal­ment in the ‘Star Trek’ movie fran­chise

The China Post - - ARTS - BY JON GAM­BRELL

Look­ing for a “ver­ti­cal city” to stand in for a fu­tur­is­tic world, ac­tors and film­mak­ers in­volved in the film “Star Trek Be­yond” ended up among the gleam­ing tow­ers of Dubai.

“We came search­ing for the fu­ture and found it,” said Jeffrey Chernov, one of the film’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers.

“Star Trek Be­yond,” the third movie in the re­boot of the science-fic­tion se­ries, is the latest film to be par­tially shot in the United Arab Emi­rates.

Oth­ers drawn here in­clude film­mak­ers like J.J. Abrams, who helmed the last two “Star Trek” films and shot parts of the up­com­ing “Star Wars: Episode VII” in Abu Dhabi. The city was also a lo­ca­tion for the most re­cent “Fast & Fu­ri­ous” se­quel.

Chernov also was an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer in 2011’s “Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble — Ghost Pro­to­col,” which saw ac­tor Tom Cruise scale parts of Dubai’s Burj Khal- ifa sky­scraper for the movie. Speak­ing Wed­nes­day to jour­nal­ists with other cast mem­bers in Dubai, Chernov said film­mak­ers found Dubai’s sky­scrapers and fu­tur­is­tic vis­tas ap­peal­ing.

On Fri­day, author­i­ties in Dubai shut down busy Sheikh Zayed Road for a film shoot. A he­li­copter filmed along the mul­ti­lane high­way cut­ting through the heart of Dubai, which in­cludes a por­tion of the Dubai Metro and tall residential tow­ers and of­fice build­ings.

Ac­tor Chris Pine, who plays Capt. James T. Kirk in the re­booted films, de­scribed open­ing up the blinds of his ho­tel room to look out on “such a stun­ning city.”

“It looks like what­ever to­mor­row will be,” Pine said. “It’s fu­ture land. It’s in­cred­i­ble.”

Other ac­tors in­volved in “Star Trek Be­yond,” di­rected by Justin Lin, in­clude Idris Elba, Zachary Quinto and Si­mon Pegg. The film is set for re­lease in July.


In this Feb. 22 file photo, Chris Pine ar­rives at the Os­cars at the Dolby Theatre in Los An­ge­les.

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