Moored in the port of London, the HMS Belfast, the last survivor of the British fleet of the Second World War, now transformed into a museum, hosted the filming of some scenes of Morbius. Rather than building a laboratory from scratch, the teams preferred to use the ship’s corridors.
Nevertheless, the interior of the floating laboratory as it appears in the film is the result of a clever collage between parts of the HMS Belfast, parts of the former Science Park research center in Dagenham and the disused Horlicks factory in Slough. The exterior shots of the ship are those of a real container ship on which none of the actors actually set foot during the production.
Daniel Espinosa was the third director contacted to direct Morbius after Antoine Fuqua and F. Gary Gray.
A Royal Navy Town Class light cruiser, HMS Belfast is one of the few surviving ships of World War II.
Inaugurated on July 23, 1936, HMS Belfast actively participated in the conflict against Hitler’s armed forces. After protecting Arctic convoys in the North Sea, she joined the Normandy landing fleet in June 1944. Positioned in the Far East after the conflict, it was used in the Korean War, from 1950 to 1952. This was her last major mission. Now moored in the port of London, it has been open to visitors since Trafalgar Day in 1971. The band Depeche Mode filmed the video clip of People Are People in 1984.
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