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So far, all that we’ve officially known about Star Trek Into Darkness is that Spock will end up in a volcano at some point. Paramount finally released the official synopsis for J.J. Abrams’ second film in the sci-fi franchise, revealing new details about the villain that Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing and the evil forces Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew will be up against.
“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,” the synopsis begins, notes The Los Angeles Times. “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.”
The description continues, noting that the lead characters will be “propelled into an epic chess game of life and death” and that “love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.”
These details about the villain can only add fuel to the theories that Cumberbatch is playing Khan, the iconic villain of Star Trek: Wrath of Khan. The character, who was played by Ricardo Montalban, was known as a master strategist, so it is conceivable that he will send Kirk into an “epic chess game” with life hanging in the balance.
Other clues about the film will likely be revealed on Dec. 14, when a nine-minute trailer will be shown in in IMAX theaters before The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Abrams appeared on Conan last month, showing a clip that was three frames long. “This is a scene where Spock … for reasons that you’ll have to see the film to understand, is in a volcano in this crazy suit,” he said.
Star Trek Into Darkness hits theaters on May 17, 2013 and stars Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto.