Star Trek Into Darkness - Benedict Cumberbatch
Star Trek Into Darkness - Benedict Cumberbatch attends a footage screening of Star Trek Into Darkness at the BFI IMAX on December 14, 2012 in London, England ©2012 Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions, photo by Stuart Wilson/ImageNet

Star Trek Into Darkness opened this weekend. That is to say nine minutes have been screening before selected The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey performances now opening worldwide.

There have been various advance screening to the press this week. The UK press preview for the Star Trek Into Darkness footage took place yesterday December 14, 2012.

In attendance where british actor Benedict Cumberbatch who plays the villain of the piece. There have been quite a few rumours about his character name. In the footage he clearly introduces himself as John Harrison to Noel Clarke’s (of Doctor Who companion fame) character.

Alice Eve, also british born, was there. She is playing Dr Carol Marcus who in the classic Star Trek universe is a girl friend of Kirk and inventor of the Genesis Project (Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan). Presenting the footage and introducing the actors was American born Scriptwriter / Producer Alex Kurtzman.

Check back with us on Monday December 17 2012 when we expect to have a new trailer. It is thought that it will be longer than the first trailer but not all of these nine minutes!

Star Trek Into Darkness BFI Imax London Press Preview

Star Trek Into Darkness Extended Preview Screenings, official information

Paramount Pictures announces the domestic locations of the world premiere extended preview of JJ Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness

The first 9 minutes will debut in 288 imax® digital theatres in the
US and Canada

Paramount Pictures will release the first 9 minutes from JJ Abrams’ eagerly-awaited Star Trek Into Darkness exclusively in IMAX® 3D months prior to the film’s official release in May 2013. This first-look at the movie will play in 288 digital IMAX theatres beginning December 14, 2012.

Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to Abrams’ 2009 hit film that redefined the Star Trek universe for a new generation, marks the first time exclusive footage has played in IMAX 3D and only the third time a first-look will be released in IMAX.

There is a list of cinemas in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and other places worldwide that will show the extended preview of Star Trek Into Darkness on the official movie site at

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online