Star Trek Into Darkness Reveals New Image of Kirk, Spock & Villain

Ahead of the nine-minute preview premiering Friday with 3D IMAX screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Paramount Pictures has released a new image from Star Trek Into Darkness, director J.J. Abrams' hotly anticipated sequel to his 2009 blockbuster.

The photo of course depicts Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock speaking with Benedict Cumberbatch as the "unstoppable force of terror," housed safely in a detention cell. (The studio-provided caption refers to him as "John Harrison," but we're guessing that's not his actual name). Judging from the devastation the villain unleashed in last week's "announcement video," it's doubtful he'll remain behind glass -- or is that transparent aluminum? -- for long.

Opening May 17, Star Trek Into Darkness also stars Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood and Peter Weller. Another teaser video is promised Dec. 17.

In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness.

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.

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.

(via Collider)

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