This is London, under attack in the year 2259, at least according to the creators of Star Trek Into Darkness. A new trailer has just been released, offering a deeper glimpse of the futuristic city skyline first spied in a promotional poster last year.
The clip shows a city much-altered from our own day, with at least a dozen Shard-height towers. Some buildings have survived. St Paul's nestles among the skyscrapers, its 'protected views' long overturned. In the distance, both Waterloo Bridge and the Golden Jubilee footbridges remain. We also know from the poster that the Gherkin and the London Eye have also survived into the 23rd Century. Was our city unaffected by the nuclear wars of the mid-21st Century? Have these landmarks been rebuilt? Or are we in yet another alternative timeline? Much for hardcore Trekkers to debate, and we'll leave them to it.
Interestingly, the slopey white big-top-like structure in the middle of the image isn't a world away from the curious 'Darth Vader Helmet' building originally proposed for the site of Bloomberg Place, currently prepping for construction on a similar location to that shown in the image.
While the background is computer generated, the extreme foreground appears to be taken from a modern photo of London. Can anyone identify any of the buildings? (High-res version here.)
Star Trek Into Darkness is released in the UK on 9 May.