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A-list movie stars de­scend on Dubai for the film­ing of Star Trek: Be­yond

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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.

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