Star Trek Into Darkness Debuts Booming Announcement Teaser

Paramount Pictures has debuted what it’s calling “an announcement video” for director J.J. Abrams’ Stark Trek Into Darkness, with the promise of a teaser on Dec. 17. Clocking in at more than a minute, the “announcement” has all the markings of a trailer: ominous Inception-like music, threatening voiceover from Benedict Cumberbatch as the film’s mysterious villain, explosions, shots of most of the cast looking anguished or in jeopardy, an what appears to be the Enterprise emerging from the ocean. Yeah, that last part is pretty cool.

We’re left knowing just as much about the movie as we did last week, when the synopsis was released, but it’s a vast improvement from Abrams’ three-frame sneak peek, or Zachary Quinto’s “preview.” Now begins the countdown to Dec. 17 … oh, and May 17.

Watch the “announcement video” below, or visit Apple.com to view it in HD. Star Trek Into Darkness stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Benedict Cumberbatch and Peter Weller.

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.

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  • ray

    doesn’t feel like star trek at all

  • Shane

    This looks amazing!!

  • Guest101

    The villain is Gary Mitchell

  • Liam

     No it does not.

  • Lukecage

    Exactly.  This is a different take.  Which makes it awesome.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZR6MPC5MTLWJ6S4EJ6TM3GOQDI tbplayer59

    And the blonde would be the character (name escapes me) that Sally Kellerman played in the original.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZR6MPC5MTLWJ6S4EJ6TM3GOQDI tbplayer59

    It doesn’t feel like Star Trek because it takes place on Earth.  No ST story ever took place on Earth.  It wasn’t until the movies did we see what 23rd century Earth looked like.

  • Greg

    It “feels” like a sequel to the awesome Star Trek movie we got in ’09

  • Tae

    I was hoping the villain would be Gary Mitchell. The japanese version of the trailer makes it pretty clear its Khan. Which sucks.

  • MrFreezeRhino

    I’m calling it: Cumberbatch is Joachim.

  • movieman77

    How does this not feel like Star Trek?

  • Matt.S

    Are villains in film not allowed to have normal voices anymore?

  • Sowat

    This can be what it wants…the last movie established that this new series is a parallel universe to the original Star Trek. Nothing changes those old stories, and we have these new versions, too. Best of both worlds.

  • James T

    Anyone count the lens flares?

  • LightningBug

    A lot of trek fans seem pretty desperate for Cumberbatch to be playing somebody other than Khan. While this preview does drop some clues to push people in the direction of Gary Mitchell (the blond woman chief among them), I think it is likely a red herring. The japanese trailer drops a line something like “what wouldn’t you do for your family?” which screams Khan, and this villain’s physicality speaks highly to Khans increased physical abilities, rather than Mitchell’s increased mental capacity. Also, (not that this can’t change) but Mitchell was American, and while Khan spoke with a spanish accent, this seems closer to his voice than Mitchell’s. And finally, what multi-million dollar blockbuster rolls out with a villain named “Gary”?

    I’m not sure why so many people don’t want to see Khan. People hold some reverence for the original portrayal that I can’t quite relate to. Whether the villain is Mitchell or Khan, this trailer makes the movie look exciting as hell. Count me in on opening night!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XA4RDSRSUX3XRSCPRR7XNGSPUQ Joshua

    So who are the suspects for the villain:

    1. Khan
    2. Gary Mitchell
    3. Sybok :)
    4. Kirk’s brother George

  • Ussescort

    Actually, Sybok makes more sense to me than Kahn or Gary, given what we have been told of the plot of the film.  But, then, a thought popped in my head, Charlie X.  He lost his family and was taken in by an alien race.  Perhaps in the revised timeline, things went a bit differently and instead of a willful young man with powers, you ended up with a powerful young man harboring a serious grudge towards Starfleet for the loss of his family.

  • LightningBug

    Get real folks. There is only one villain who really loves to run around in a starfleet uniform! It’s Q!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.hemmila Jonathan Hemmila

     Kahn would be a HUGE mistake. They could never do it right. ST2 was my favorite film of the series and impossible to top.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.hemmila Jonathan Hemmila

     Honestly, Kahn would make NO sense. Kirk has just become a captain. This movie would have to be set about 10 years or longer in the future, because Kirk would first have to rescue Kahn, set him on that planet, then wait long enough for Kahn to want “revenge”. Kirk doesn’t just run into Kahn right off the bat.

  • Kevin

    My return???  I’m thinking it’s definitely Khan…