To boldly go
A-list movie stars descend on Dubai for the filming of Star Trek: Beyond
A-list superstars descended on the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai last month, as filming for Star Trek: Beyond—the third film in the rejuvenated Star Trek series— moved to the emirate.
At a press conference for the film, stars such as Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Idris Elba and others took questions about the film, and explained the rationale behind filming in Dubai.
“We came searching for the future and we found it,” said Jeffrey Chernov, producer of the film. “We’d drive around Dubai and look at things and we’d have to figure out how we can use those visual guides to tell our story. I’d see a building and say ‘we have to figure out how to put that in our movie.’”
Dubai looks like “whatever tomorrow would be,” added Pine. “It’s futureland.”
Pegg, a self-confessed Trekkie, spoke about whatstar Trek means to us today. “The film series offered a utopian ideal where we can all just live together and there is no judgment and there is no prejudice...star Trek, above all else, has something to teach us, which is that, imagine that, imagine if we could all get along,” he said.