Star Trek “finds the future” in Dubai’s skyscrapers


The gleaming towers of Dubai will replicate a “vertical city” on a futuristic world for the film “Star Trek Beyond” currently shooting amidst its high-rises.

An area off Sheikh Zayed Road, close to the World Trade Centre, has already been used as a set and filming is continuing in Jumeirah Lakes Towers with a helicopter is use for aerial shots.

It is believed live action filming will take place in front of the skyscrapers with computer generated images added later forming a backdrop.


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

Chernov also was an executive producer in 2011’s “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” which saw actor Tom Cruise scale parts of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa skyscraper for the movie. He said filmmakers found Dubai’s skyscrapers and futuristic vistas appealing.

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 on July 22 2016.

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