'Star Trek' fans can now see the first 9 minutes of the hotly-anticipated, shrouded-in-secrecy sequel to the first film of the rebooted 'Star Trek' film franchise exclusively on 288 IMAX 3D screens throughout North America.
Although it is not scheduled to be released in American and Canadian theaters until May 17, 2013, Paramount Pictures, the studio behind Star Trek Into Darkness – the eagerly-awaited sequel to 2009's mega-box office hit Star Trek (director J.J. Abrams' big screen reboot of the Star Trek mythos) – has just released the first 9 minutes from the film and it is now being shown exclusively in 288 IMAX 3D theaters spread out across North America. In a press release announcing the special 9 minute preview, Paramount Pictures stated, “Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to Abrams’ 2009 hit film that redefined the Star Trek universe for a new generation, marks the first time exclusive footage has played in IMAX 3D and only the third time a first-look will be released in IMAX."
Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) greet a vistor (Benedict Cumberbatch) in the first officially released image from the upcoming sequel 'Star Trek Into Darkness'
While the first 9 minutes has been shown to several anonymous entertainment journalists prior to it being released in theaters on December 14, 2012, much like the cast of Star Trek Into Darkness (which includes Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller) reporters have been sworn to secrecy to not reveal any of the film's plot points that occur in the first nine minutes of the film.
Zachary Quinto returns as Mr. Spock in a scene from the trailer for the upcoming sequel 'Star Trek Into Darkness'
Director J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias) has gone to great extremes to keep the plot of the upcoming sequel a near-complete state secret. Just a few weeks ago, in an interview with Zachary Quinto (who returns as Mr. Spock in Star Trek Into Darkness), the actor did his absolute best to avoid answering any questions about the new Star Trek film. The openly-gay Zack Quinto is currently delivering a dynamically diabolical performance as a therapist-turned-serial killer in creator Ryan Murphy's (Glee, The New Normal) second season of the FX Network's brilliantly creepy and terrifying anthology series American Horror Story: Asylum (Quinto also gave a compelling portrayal as a different character in the first season of American Horror Story: Murder House). Like his fellow Trek cast mates, Quinto (a former Heroes alum) is under a virtual gag order when it comes to discussing anything concerning the story behind Star Trek Into Darkness.
Zachary Quinto is currently starring as Dr. Threadson in the second season of 'American Horror Story: Asylum'
Quinto was even hesitant to reveal if fans recognize him on the street for playing Spock more than they do for his performances on both seasons of American Horror Story or as the evil-doing Skylar on Heroes. "Well, as it's gotten more frequent like over the years, the good news is that it's kind of like for maybe more than one thing now," the uber-talented, charming and normally forthcoming Quinto explained. "Or, like people that just sort of know me...but, I don't know? I don't really – I just try to meet people where they're coming from. If it's about a particular project then I talk about that. If it's about something more general, like support of the president or other ways in which they might know me, then I talk about that. But I don't really keep track of what it's of; I don't tally it up so much."
In October, director/producer J.J. Abrams went on Conan O'Brien's TBS late-night talk show, Conan, to premiere the first "clip" from Star Trek Into Darkness.
So, what do we officially know about the plot of Star Trek Into Darkness? Well, late last month, Paramount Pictures sent out a press statement that presented a few hints about what Trek fans can expect from the epic sequel: “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."
A scene from the recently-released trailer for upcoming sequel 'Star Trek Into Darkness'
Last week, the first "teaser" trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness – written by Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and directed by J.J. Abrams, who is also producing the film with Bryan Burk through Bad Robot Productions, along with Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci – was released to the public. It reveals a few new key story points, but it doesn't offer up enough pieces of intel to assemble together the entire plot puzzle.
With The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey currently playing on most North American IMAX 3D screens, you should go early to your showing of director Peter Jackson's first installment of his Hobbit Trilogy, a prequel to the triumvirate of spectacular, iconic The Lord Of The Rings motion pictures, or you might miss the sneak peek. It's only 9 minutes, but for most Star Trek fans, it's enough to last them until May 17 of next year.
The first official theatrical poster for 'Star Trek Into Darkness'
The following is an extremely "abbreviated list" of theaters in the U.S. that will show the extended preview of Star Trek Into Darkness. For the complete list, please visit the official movie site at www.startrekmovie.comAlabama
Cobb Hollywood 16 & IMAX, Tuscaloosa
Regal Tikahtnu Commons Stadium 16 & IMAX, Anchorage
Dickinson Chenal 9, IMAX, Little Rock
AMC Deer Valley 30 & IMAX, Phoenix
AMC Burbank 16 & IMAX, Burbank
AMC Century City 15 & IMAX, Los Angeles
Esquire IMAX, Sacramento
AMC Palm Promenade 24 & IMAX, San Diego
AMC Van Ness 14 + IMAX, San Francisco
AMC Westminster Promenade 24 & IMAX, Denver
Rave Buckland Hills 18 & IMAX, Manchester
AMC Universal Cineplex 20 & IMAX, Orlando
Cobb Dolphin 19 & IMAX, Miami
Muvico Parisian & IMAX, West Palm Beach
Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station 16 & IMAX, Atlanta
Regal Dole Cannery 18 & IMAX, Honolulu
Edwards Boise Stadium 22 & IMAX, Boise
AMC Showplace Rockford 16 & IMAX, Rockford
AMC Showplace Indianapolis 17 & IMAX, Indianapolis
Rave Davenport 53 & IMAX, Davenport
Warren West IMAX, Wichita
Rave Stonybrook 20 & IMAX, Louisville
Rave Mall of Louisiana 15 & IMAX, Baton Rouge
AMC Loews White Marsh 16 & IMAX, Baltimore
Saco Cinemagic & IMAX, Saco
AMC Loews Boston Common 19 & IMAX, Boston
Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids North & IMAX, Grand Rapids
Wehrenberg Ronnies 20 Cine & IMAX, St. Louis AMC BarryWoods 24 & IMAX, Kansas City
AMC Oakview 24 & IMAX, Omaha
Hooksett Cinemagic & IMAX, Hooksett
AMC Loews New Brunswick 18 & IMAX, New Brunswick
Brenden Theatres and IMAX at the Palms, Las Vegas
Regal Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14 & IMAX, Brooklyn
AMC Loews 34th Street 14 & IMAX, New York
AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 & IMAX, New York
Regal Stonecrest At Piper Glen Stadium 22 & IMAX, Charlotte
AMC Easton Town Center 30 & IMAX, Columbus
AMC Quail Springs Mall 24 & IMAX, Oklahoma City
Regal Lloyd Center 10 Cinema & IMAX, Portland
AMC Franklin Mills 14 & IMAX, Philadelphia
Providence Place Cinemas 16 & IMAX, Providence
Citadel Mall IMAX Stadium 16, Charleston
Regal Opry Mills Stadium 20 & IMAX, Nashville
AMC The Parks at Arlington 18 & IMAX, Arlington
AMC Barton Creek Square 14 & IMAX, Austin
AMC Northpark 15 & IMAX, Dallas
AMC Gulf Pointe 30 & IMAX, Houston
Santikos Palladium IMAX, San Antonio
ATK IMAX, Clark Planetarium, Salt Lake City
AMC Hoffman Center 22 & IMAX, Alexandria
Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX, Seattle
AMC Loews Georgetown 14 & IMAX, Washington DC
AMC Star Fitchburg 18 & IMAX, Fitchburg
A scene from the trailer for the upcoming sequel 'Star Trek Into Darkness'
The following is an equally "abbreviated list" of theaters in Canada that will show the extended preview of Star Trek Into Darkness. For the complete list, please visit the official movie site atwww.startrekmovie.comAlberta
Empire Studio 16 Country Hills & IMAX, Calgary
Scotiabank Edmonton & IMAX, Edmonton
Colossus Langley& IMAX, Langley
SilverCity Riverport & IMAX, Richmond
SilverCity Victoria Cinemas & IMAX, Victoria
SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas & IMAX, Winnipeg
Empire Studio 12 Gateway Park & IMAX, St. John’s Nova Scotia
Empire 18 Cinemas & IMAX , Halifax
SilverCity London Cinemas & IMAX, London
SilverCity Windsor Cinemas & IMAX, Windsor
Empire Theatres Kitchener & IMAX, Kitchener
Coliseum Mississauga & IMAX, Mississauga
Mega-Plex Taschereau 18 & IMAX, Greenfield Park
Mega-Plex Pont Viau 16, Laval
Mega-Plex Marche Central 18, Montreal
Mega-Plex Terrebonne 14 &IMAX, Terrebonne
For a complete list of IMAX theatres worldwide that will show the extended preview, please visit www.IMAX.com