J.J. Abrams Talks 'Star Trek 2' IMAX Footage; Trailer Releases This Week

[Watch the Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer!]

Two months ago J.J. Abrams brought the first ever footage of Star Trek Into Darkness to premiere while appearing as a guest on Conan. That clip was a whopping three frames long.

While we appreciate the humor around the secrecy of Abrams' work, and the success of the marketing gimmick, it didn't make up for the lack of information surrounding the Star Trek sequel or that somewhat bitter taste left behind from the announcement that the film will be post-converted into 3D. What will make up for that is the fact that Abrams is shooting some of the film in IMAX, and potentially, what's coming in the next two weeks.

The Paramount marketing warp engine just recently began to power up, and we now have the official Star Trek 2 synopsis along with a familiar, yet fitting one-sheet. Nine minutes of exclusive footage will play in front of IMAX showings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey beginning December 14th, and before that - according to actor Simon Pegg and TrekMovie - the first official Star Trek Into Darkness trailer will release online this Thursday.

Star Trek Into Darkness trailer. Premieres online, this Thursday. Get ready to boldly go again.

— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) December 4, 2012

The online trailer is a one-minute teaser of sorts and the full trailer will come attached to The Hobbit. UPDATE: WATCH THE TRAILER BELOW:

Combine that with the new footage Zachary Quinto brought to Conan last night (sorry, it's not in IMAX), and there's a lot to be excited about. Abrams himself is excited to show us more, as he told IGN at the Fringe 100th episode party, especially the sequences he shot with IMAX cameras - his first time using the technology.

"You know, I’m excited because we've been working on this for awhile, and the idea of getting some of the movie out there to the world is going to be a real thrill for us - and as always you just hope people will like what they see!"

IMAX theater

What was the experience like, using the IMAX cameras with Star Trek after it proved successful for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, for which Abrams produced?

"It was amazing. Part of it was challenging because of the technical aspects of it, the machinery of it. The cameras themselves are a little unwieldy and a little loud and unpredictable. But then you go to dailies and you watch on this massive screen these images that you've shot having been filmed on a negative that’s eight times bigger than what you normally use, and you cannot believe how good it looks. So that’s exciting! But unlike Ghost Protocol, a lot of what we shot is integrated into special effects and visual effects in a way that I cannot wait for people to see. I think it really is mind-blowing, how it looks. The IMAX frame, I think, is really the best way to see a movie."

Stay tuned for more Star Trek news as our very first official look at the film will be beaming in shortly. [Watch the Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer!]

Into Darkness is written by Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci. It stars Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin and Simon Pegg.

Star Trek Into Darkness opens in theaters (regular and IMAX 3D) on May 17th, 2013.

Sources: IGN, TrekMovie

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