The first nine minutes from the film "Star Trek Into Darkness," J.J. Abrams' sequel to the 2009 reboot of "Star Trek," will start to be screened in about 500 IMAX 3D theaters around the world, beginning on December 14.
The news was announced by distributor Paramount Pictures, which quoted Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment, as saying the footage is "absolutely incredible."
The 2009 film served as a prequel to the hit "Star Trek" franchise with a new crop of young actors playing beloved characters such as James T. Kirk, portrayed by Chris Pine, and his frenemy-turned-buddy Spock, played by Zachary Quinto.
The second film in Abrams' series sees them reprising their roles and also features the return of Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Anton Yelchin as Chekov and Karl Urban as Bones. New actors include actress Alice Eve of "Sex and the City 2" and "Entourage," British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the villain, and RoboCop" star Peter Weller, who portrays a "CEO," according to EW.
Cumberbatch's participation and villain role was confirmed by Abrams himself in a Yahoo! video interview posted several weeks ago. He did not offer details about the character but did call Cumberbatch "mindblowingly great."
"Star Trek Into Darkness" hits theaters on May 17, 2013. The nine-minute IMAX 3D preview is set to be screened before IMAX 3D screenings of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," which is being released on December 14.