Star Trek Into Darkness to preview nine minutes of footage in IMAX 3D

Prologue to be screened before The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The crew of the USS Enterprise are set to engage audiences in summer 2013 with the upcoming sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness.

However, cinemagoers will get the opportunity to see a juicy nine minutes of footage in December. Paramount are set to attach the preview footage from the 2013 film to what could be the biggest film of 2012: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Following the trend set by The Dark Knight Rises prologue at the beginning of MI:4, the footage will be screened in IMAX 3D for audiences around the world from 14 December.

Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment, said: "Our longtime partners J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and the Bad Robot team have really hit it out of the park - the footage is absolutely incredible."

He continues: "Their use of the IMAX Camera and canvas is sure to impress current and future Star Trek fans alike. We're thrilled to once again work with our friends at Paramount Pictures to offer this extended 'first look' at this highly-anticipated summer blockbuster."

With only a three-frame teaser previously available, we cannot wait to see footage of the crew tackling Benedict Cumberbatch's (as-yet unnamed but no doubt nefarious) villain.

As key sequences were filmed using IMAX cameras, you can bet that the prologue will have been shot for that epic canvas.

UK cinemas currently confirmed for the footage include Cineworld sites in Dublin, Nottingham, Enfield, Crawley, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Ipswich and Birmingham, with more to be announced.

The film is set to hit UK screen on 17 May 2013, with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana reprising their roles.

So, will the sequel cause furious outbursts of "KHANNNNN!" or are will it be as good as the first one? Tell us what you think below - Make it so!


    • Siban1982

      Nov 15th 2012, 17:22

      Isn't The Hobbit going to be like 3 hours long without "9" mins of Star Trek at the beginning? Plus 20 mins of ads and trailers before that - seems like an uncomfortable long time in the cinema.

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    • pingpong

      Nov 15th 2012, 17:35

      It was the same with the Lord of the Rings Trilogy or even way back wit Dances with wolves. And at least in the cinemas i've been they all had an intermission in the middle of the screening to give viewers a chance to feel their legs again. The 9 additional minutes won't make it more uncomfortable.

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    • hscptcrash

      Nov 15th 2012, 18:05

      IMAX tend not to have ads and/or trailers as it's too expensive (something I painfully discovered when I missed the first 20 minutes of Harry Potter when I assumed it had that buffer) . I do find Hobbit and Trek to be strange bedfellows though :/

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    • Ali1748

      Nov 16th 2012, 1:11


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    • alexr

      Nov 16th 2012, 8:47

      @hscptcrash I'm not so sure that Spock isn't actually an elf. He has the pointy ears, strange haircut, and an annoying air of superiority about about him...

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    • FBJRider

      Nov 16th 2012, 15:59

      It's being shown at the IMAX at the National Media Museum right? And as for "could be the biggest film of 2012" I have no doubt in my mind it will be.

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