Fans of Star Trek have probably seen this Dubai press conference shot already:
More than 200 extras have been chosen so far + 600 who'll be behind the scenes #StarTrekDubai #StarTrekBeyond http://t.co/qjRaD2MAwG—
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Simon Pegg (yeay!) and Idris Elba (oh my!) and, wait…
Zoe Saldana, who plays Nyota Uhura and was with the cast in Vancouver, was nowhere to be seen at the Dubai press conference. Marwa Hamad, Staff Report
I get that movies have to shoot somewhere and there are many cool buildings in Dubai. My issue with the original Star Trek was its Old Boys Club energy, so this visual (even with its diversity) is chilling.
When Simon Pegg says the movie will be a fresh blend between old and new Star Trek, I hope it doesn’t cut women out of the narrative.
Is this picture worth a thousand words or am I reading too much into it?
that picture is worth a thousand words indeed, once you notice it that’s kind of unsettling. You’re not reading too much into it, it’s really weird man.
No surprise. Pegg can’t write for women, and he always said that for him trek is the guys and the k/s/mccoy trio. I bet the first thing he did was rewriting Uhura’s improved role in the reboot by completely ignoring that the new trio was kirk/uhura/spock and Spock is in love with her. Too much importance given to the womenz!!!
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Interesting. I didn’t really enjoy the way they handled the Uhura character transformation (to super soldier) in the second movie, but also really disliked the second movie in general.
I would rather that version of Uhura to fan-service near-nude Chapel.