“Enjoy these final moments of peace, for I have returned to have my vengeance…” the words spoken by none other than Benedict Cumberbatch invite us into the only franchise that rivaled Star Wars in its prime. On May 17th, 2013, nearly three years after its predecessor, director J.J. Abrams will send us back into space on an epic and wide scale adventure titled Star Trek Into Darkness.
Abrams Keeps Cumberbatch’s Villain Under Wraps
With today’s advancement in technology and social media it’s difficult to keep anything under wraps for long, especially when you’ve got millions of fans bitting at any information given. Despite the fanboy craze, Abrams has done what many directors have failed to do time and time again: project after project, he’s managed to keep several aspects of his story, primarily the antagonist, under wraps. The result? Lining up like crowds at a curtained stage of a circus’s main attraction, a fury of anxious movie goers storm into the film’s opening weekend, just to get a peak of the “monster.”
Unlike his 2011 sci-fi film Super 8, this time our antagonist has a face and rapid body movement, almost superhuman; we know the character only by his actor’s name, by his voice, and not much else. Rumor has it, the villain wreaking havoc on Star Fleet is a “one man weapon of mass destruction.” Could it be Khan, Gary Mitchell, or another character from the Star Trek franchise?
Whomever dons the trench coat, he’ll carry out his master plans for vengeance with no remorse. Kirk will have to earn his spot in the captain’s chair, as the crew will have their hands full. In a recent interview, actor Chris Pine had this to say about Kirk’s journey in Stark Trek Into Darkness:
“Kirk is fun because he is a brash, cocky, bull-headed kind of guy. I think the journey he goes on in this new film is a lot about – the first one was about getting the chair and the second one is about earning it. And I think that’s a big part of his journey.”
More Fear & More Action
Paramount isn’t calling this an official teaser trailer, per say, but instead an “Announcement Video,” which is a tease to the full length trailer we’ll receive next week. Those attending the IMAX screenings for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be treated to nine minutes of footage from the film.
Whatever you want to call it, the trailer looks fantastic; the scale has been broadened, the money shots are all present, while the fear looming in the characters’ faces only enhance our perception of the devastation. Believe it or not, there’s more to our villain that what we see in the footage, according to Cumberbatch at a Tokyo press conference:
“He is very ruthless [...] He is not a clearly good or evil character. He is a villain but the actions he takes have intent and reason.”
Directed by J.J. Abrams, Stark Trek Into Darkness stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Alice Eve, Bruce Greenwood, and Benedict Cumberbatch. This film slams into theaters May 17th, 2013.
‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Teaser Trailer