Technically, fans were already given a first look at Star Trek Into Darkness when J.J. Abrams unveiled a clip on Conan in October, but fortunately this new “announcement” trailer reveals a lot more than just three frames. A slightly longer version is expected to premiere with 2D and 3D screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey next weekend, but those catching The Hobbit in IMAX are in for an even bigger treat: the complete first nine minutes of STID.
The first Star Trek was a huge hit, bringing in nearly $400 million worldwide. This Trek got off to a bumpy start when talks with Academy Award-winner Benicio Del Toro as the villain, rumored to be none other than Khan, fell through about a month before shooting. Abrams auditioned other Latino actors, namely Edgar Ramirez and Jordi Molla, before settling on Sherlock star and non-Latino Benedict Cumberbatch. Judging from the looks of this trailer, he’s filling the still-unspecified role admirably.
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, John Cho and Simon Pegg are all returning in the film, to be released May 17, with newcomers Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, and Peter Weller: