By Lucy Torchia
Cast and crew of upcoming movie 'Star Trek Beyond' have arrived in the emirate to start filming
The cast and crew of upcoming sci-fi blockbuster, 'Star Trek Beyond', arrived in Dubai, ahead of shooting for the much-anticipated movie which, after three months filming in Vancouver, will wrap in the UAE.
The Hollywood delegation made their debut at a press conference in Dubai's luxury Burj Al Arab Hotel on Wednesday, which opened with a speech from Jamal Al Sharif, chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission, and featured a Q&A discussion with the movie's director Justin Lin, producer Jeffrey Chernov, screenwriter Doug Jung, actor and screenwriter Simon Pegg, along with lead actors Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, and Idris Elba.
During the press conference, the cast and crew revealed their excitement at filming in the city. When asked why the emirate was chosen as a filming destination, Jeffrey Chernov said: "We came searching for the future and we found it in Dubai."
He continued: "Dubai represents the future of what the frontier would be like in our film, and is an excellent place to shoot the movie as well as a special opportunity for all of us. This is not just the third of three movies, but has a new, refreshing twist, and Dubai’s great visuals really fit the story.”
This was a sentiment echoed by Captain James T. Kirk himself, Chris Pine, who commented: "I woke up this morning, opened up the blinds and it looks like whatever 'tomorrow' will be. It's futureland."
While there was no definitive information about when or where the movie will shoot, producers did reveal the franchise will be here for over two weeks as it wraps up the final shoot, and hints were given that some of the futuristic structures that grace Dubai's landscape will provide the backdrop to many scenes.
Director Justin Lin commented: "I think cinema in general, when you talk about the big budget 'pitfall' is that it's falling more and more towards the CG, computer world. I felt that, if we're looking to push the boundary, let's make sure that we have texture."
Jamal Al Sharif, added: “Dubai’s diverse locations have truly set it apart as a global filming destination. During the scouting, the film crew was impressed by its diverse attractions and locations that include skyscrapers, beaches, desert and more. There are many factors about the Emirate that are truly unique and attractive to international productions, including the excellent connectivity and cutting-edge infrastructure, as well as the ease of filming."