By Staff writer
Burj Khalifa and DIFC take pride-of-place in latest instalment of rebooted space franchise
Dubai’s unique skyline stands in for a future world in the latest trailer for upcoming blockbuster Star Trek Beyond.
The architecture of DIFC, Downtown Dubai and Jumeirah Lakes Towers is instantly recognisable in the three-minute teaser for the third instalment in the rebooted space franchise.
Insiders told Time Out Dubai that the DIFC scene was shot near Burj Daman, opposite the Ritz-Carlton DIFC. The trailer also features a looping overhead shot of the Burj Khalifa, while the Burj Al Arab also features – though the appearance of both iconic buildings has been altered.
The movie, starring Chris Pine, Zach Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and Idris Elba, is released in UAE cinemas later this year.
Speaking at a Burj Al Arab press conference during the shoot, producer Jeffrey Chernov, part of the Mission Impossible production in the city in 2010, said: “We came searching for the future and we found it in Dubai. It represents the future of what the next frontier would be like in our film."
Pine, who plays Captain Kirk in the films, said at the event: “This is such a stunning city. I woke up this morning, opened up the blinds and looked out. It looks like whatever tomorrow will be. It’s future-land.”
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