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OTRC: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' - first poster for sequel released (Photo, Spoilers)

The official movie poster of the 2012 film 'Star Trek Into Darkness.' (Paramount Pictures)

The first poster from "Star Trek Into Darkness," director J.J. Abrams' anticipated sequel to the 2009 film "Star Trek," has been released.

The photo shows a man from behind standing in a gaping hole of what appears to be a destroyed structure and looking out at a smoldering city. On the movie's Facebook page, several fans speculated that the person pictured may be Benedict Cumberbatch, who Abrams had confirmed would play the villain, and that the city is London. Reps for distributor Paramount Pictures had no immediate comment.

Many readers also said the poster resembles an image from "The Dark Knight Rises," Christopher Nolan's third and most recent Batman movie. Like the first teaser picture released from that film, in the "Star Trek Into Darkness" poster, a patch of empty space forms the shape of the franchise's logo -- in this case, a Starfleet insignia, the identification and communication emblem seen on the uniforms of the main characters and on starships.

"Star Trek Into Darkness" is the sequel to a hit 2009 movie that was seen as a prequel and somewhat of a reboot of the iconic 1960s 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 new film hits theaters on May 17, 2013. Paramount Pictures recently released a plot synopsis.

"When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis," it says.

"With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew," it reads

The second film in Abrams' series also sees 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" and RoboCop" star Peter Weller, who portrays a "CEO," according to EW.

Paramount Pictures announced last month that the first nine minutes from "Star Trek Into Darkness," will start to be screened in about 500 IMAX 3D theaters around the world, beginning on December 14. One of the films expected to screened after such an extended preview is the highly-anticipated "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," which will be released on that date.

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