Leading cast members of next year’s Star Trek Beyond have given a press conference mid-shoot, from Dubai.
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg and new cast-mate Idris Elba were joined by producer Jeffrey Chernov, to speak to media, Wednesday.
Chernov explained that he suggested the city as a fitting location to Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin, after working on Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
That movie filmed in Dubai in 2011, capturing the famous scene in which Tom Cruise hangs off the world’s largest tower: the Burj Khalifa.
The city’s skyscrapers had the right feel, Chernov said.
“We wanted to find a very vertical city and talking to Justin, he had a very strong plan in place about how he wants us to construct this movie and we did a lot of searching around the world and I, ‘I know the very best place to make this movie and it’s in Dubai,’ Chernov said.
“So a lot of our exterior work is going to be done here and the city is going to represent the future of what the frontier will be like.”
The cast did not reveal how long they will be in Dubai, or the exact locations in which they will film.
Simon Pegg – who reprises his role as Scotty – also co-wrote the screenplay for the latest instalment of the franchise
He said the greatest challenge is to keep the new film fresh while keeping fans of the much loved classic sci-fi series happy.
“You know we are making a new ‘Star Trek‘ as well and the film industry is forever changing and this has to be a new kind of ‘Star Trek‘ so the challenge was to marry the two,” Pegg said.
“The traditional ‘Star Trek‘ everyone grew up watching and our ‘Star Trek‘ which is much more new and thrusting thing which is very much represented by our presence here in Dubai.”
Idris Elba is excited for fans to see his new role, when it finally hits theaters next year.
“I have never done a press conference during filming so it is a little weird for me,” he admits. “I hope the fans accept my portrayal of my character. But it is very much in a capsule at this point and I am having an incredible time doing it.”
“I really hope that the fans accept what we are doing and Justin has been incredible and the cast has been incredible so it has been great.”
“Star Trek Beyond” is scheduled to be in theaters in 2016, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the debut of TV’s original “Star Trek,” in 1966.