‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ IMAX preview to be shown before ‘The Hobbit’

By Daniel S Levine,

Star Trek fans will get their first taste of J.J. Abrams’ sequel Star Trek Into Darkness in IMAX before screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the footage, which will be in 3D and runs for nine minutes, will be seen at around 500 IMAX theaters when Peter Jackson’s first installment of his Hobbit trilogy opens on Dec. 14.

“Our longtime partners J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and the Bad Robot team have really hit it out of the park—the footage is absolutely incredible,” IMAX Filmed Entertainment chair Greg Foster said in a statement, reports E! News.

This is the first time that preview footage will be exclusively in IMAX 3D. It is also just the third time that an extended preview will be shown before films in IMAX. It has only been done in the past for Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

The preview for The Dark Knight ran before Will Smith’s I Am Legend in 2007. Just last December, footage from The Dark Knight Rises ran before Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.

Star Trek Into Darkness will star Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, who are returning to play Kirk and Spock, respectively. Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast to play the villain, but no other details have been released. However, we do know that Spock will be in a volcano at some point, thanks to the three frames Abrams showed on Conan last month.

Star Trek Into Darkness opens on May 17, 2013.



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