The famously secretive J.J. Abrams has been keeping his hotly anticipated Star Trek sequel tightly under wraps so far, with only the smallest of details being released very recently (i.e. the title, the synopsis, the poster). That changed tonight with a one-minute teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness, which gives us our first look at footage from the film and precedes the imminent full trailer (due December 17) plus the opening nine minutes that will screen before The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on IMAX screens (from December 14). As far as teasers go this one is pretty damn exciting, setting a considerably darker tone for the franchise as Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and his Enterprise crew — including Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Simon Pegg and Karl Urban — face “an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organisation” in the form of Benedict Cumberbatch. Despite rampant speculation, nothing has been revealed about Cumberbatch’s mysterious villain and while this teaser doesn’t exactly change that, you can bet your bottom dollar that the flames will once again be stoked (is he Khan? Gary Mitchell? A new character?). Other newcomers to the cast include Alice Eve, Peter Weller and Noel Clarke. After just seeing Bond take influence from The Dark Knight in Sam Mendes’ pretty terrific Skyfall, and with Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel as close competition, it’s curious to see another major franchise go the Christopher Nolan route here — from Abrams’ use of IMAX cameras, to the dour tone and plot, to the marketing mimicry (The Dark Knight Rises-esque poster, having opening scenes screen before a major IMAX release, the Inception-inspired BRAAAHM sounds in this teaser that The Avengers and Prometheus also borrowed). From the little we see here though, Cumberbatch looks every bit as excellent as expected and the sequel certainly seems bigger and bolder than the impressive 2009 reboot. Let’s just hope that Abrams’ keeps the Nolan-mimicry to a minimum and can deliver his own classic “darker” sequel à la The Empire Strikes Back, The Wrath of Khan and The Dark Knight.
UPDATE: A slightly longer teaser trailer was released for Japan, which you can also find below.
Star Trek Into Darkness is due May 16, 2013 in NZ. Watch the teaser trailer below.
Watch the slightly longer Japanese teaser below.
Check out the first poster for Star Trek Into Darkness below.