As Meryl Streep’s character, famed novelist Alice, steps out of the taxi upon arriving at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in New York, she gazes in awe at Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2.
This is one of the opening scenes of the new film, Let Them All Talk, directed by the award-winning Steven Soderbergh, streaming in Australia on Foxtel Now.
Streep’s character is sailing aboard the grand ocean liner as a special guest of the voyage’s enrichment program, Cunard Insights.
The three-time Academy Award winner is joined by fellow acting royalty Dianne Wiest and Candice Bergen.
Supported by actor Lucas Hedges and actress Gemma Chan, the film is set aboard the storied Transatlantic Crossing, amidst the backdrop of Queen Mary 2.
In fact, the majority of the film was shot on board in some of the vessel’s most-beloved spaces, such as the Art Deco Commodore Club, the sumptuous Queens Grill suites and dining room, the Royal Court Theatre, and the 9,000-volume library.
As the film was captured aboard a live voyage, many on-board guests had a chance to grab their moment in the spotlight when they were cast as extras in the film.
Cunard president Simon Palethorpe said: “We were absolutely delighted when Steven Soderbergh approached us to film his next feature on board Queen Mary 2.
“While Cunard and our flagship are accustomed to hosting luminaries from all over the globe, it was quite something to welcome Steven, Meryl, Dianne, Candice, Lucas, and Gemma for this very special and unique opportunity.
“We are very excited about the film; its witty and engaging story and how lovingly Steven captured the essence of our flagship and the Transatlantic Crossing experience.”
Commenting on his experience aboard Queen Mary 2, Soderbergh said: “Colour me well-impressed. I have never seen an enterprise on this scale of complexity run so beautifully.
“Every Cunard staff member we interacted with was committed to providing the best possible experience for their guests, which in this case included our cast and crew.
“And, I can confirm without question that as stunning as Queen Mary 2 looks on camera, she’s even more stunning to the naked eye.”