With just over two months to go before the release of the highly-anticipated Star Trek Into Darkness, any new look at footage from the film is sure to set the Internet ablaze with renewed excitement and speculation. In the follow-up to the successful 2009 revival of big-screen Trek, Captain James T. Kirk finds himself bucking against Starfleet regulations even as terrorist fugitive “John Harrison” seeks to bring down the entire Federation.

Star Trek Into Darkness is directed by JJ Abrams (Super 8) and written by Roberto Orci (Fringe), Alex Kurtzman (All You Need Is Kill), and Damon Lindelof (Prometheus). The movie features an ensemble cast headlined by Chris Pine (Rise of the Guardians), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story), and Karl Urban (Dredd).

Compared to previous trailers, this preview places much less emphasis on Benedict Cumberbatch’s mysterious villain, completely eschewing his growling voiceover. Instead, we get a mix of smaller character moments and the promised “relentless action,” including a chunk of a starship chase sequence that’s been glimpsed in previous previews.

Though a good deal of the material in this trailer has already been seen in the nine-minute IMAX preview released in December, it does confirm that Star Trek Into Darkness is devoted to being a big, slick action-adventure movie. The teaser also goes a long way toward allaying fears that the movie could end up being far too dark and dour – the crew of the Enterprise seem to be heading into the titular dark with their senses of humor intact.


Star Trek Into Darkness will warp into theaters on May 17th, 2013.