If the latest trailer for J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated “Star Trek Into Darkness” is any indication, the film looks to be long on action and wit — and quite likely to please the crowds for whom theorizing about the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s bad guy has become a key pastime.
Some of the scenes in this new teaser trailer we’ve seen before — our heroes running through a crimson forest while being pursued by attackers, the Enterprise emerging dramatically from the ocean surface, a volcano erupting. And some images will seem quite familiar to fans who turned up to see the opening nine minutes of the movie when it screened before certain IMAX presentations of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” last December.
But there’s plenty of new material too, including a sequence in which Kirk and Spock navigate a speeding spaceship through an impossibly tight spot.
“See, I told you it would fit,” says Kirk (Chris Pine) as they emerge only partially unscathed.
“I’m not sure that qualifies,” replies Spock, played again by Zachary Quinto.
English actor Benedict Cumberbatch plays a villain in J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Trek Into Darkness." Click through this gallery for a look at Cumberbatch's career. He's shown here as Sherlock Holmes in the TV series "Sherlock." (PBS)Link
Cumberbatch played young British aristocrat Edmund Talbot in the 2005 miniseries "To the Ends of the Earth." The series was nominated for several BAFTA awards. (BBC)Link
Cumberbatch, third from left, joined James McAvoy, Alice Eve and Elaine Tan in the 2006 film "Starter for 10," about students at Bristol University. (Giles Keyte/Picturehouse)Link
Benedict Cumberbatch played Paul Marshall in "Atonement," a 2007 movie based on the novel by Ian McEwan. The film won an Oscar, two Golden Globes and two BAFTA awards. (Universal Pictures)Link
In another period piece, Cumberbatch played William Carey, husband to Scarlett Johansson's Mary Boleyn. (Sony Pictures)Link
Cumberbatch, right, and Anamaria Marinca starred in the 2008 miniseries thriller "The Last Enemy." (Box TV/BBC/PBS)Link
In 2010, Cumberbatch acted in "The Whistleblower," a drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, who served as a peacekeeper in Bosnia and exposed a sex scandal. (Samuel Goldwyn Films)Link
Cumberbatch's performance as the Baker Street sleuth alongside Martin Freeman's Dr. Watson in the "Sherlock" TV series has catapulted him into the public eye and earned him several awards nods, including BAFTA and Emmy nominations. (BBC/PBS)Link
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Victor Frankenstein opposite Jonny Lee Miller's Creature in last year's Danny Boyle "National Theatre Live" production of "Frankenstein." The two actors took turns portraying the monster and his creator. (Catherine Ashmore)Link
Benedict Cumberbatch played opposite Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." (Jack English/Focus Features)Link
Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed Peter Guillam in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." (Jack English/Focus Features)Link
Benedict Cumberbatch, left, played Maj. Jamie Stewart alongside Patrick Kennedy and Tom Hiddleston in the 2011 movie "War Horse." (David Appleby/DreamWorks)Link
Benedict Cumberbatch, left, discusses the next shot with director Steven Spielberg on the set of the 2011 film "War Horse." (David Appleby/DreamWorks)Link
Cumberbatch will lend his voice to both the dragon Smaug and the Necromancer in Peter Jackson's 2013 film "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," the sequel to this year's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema)Link
Benedict Cumberbatch attends the British Independent Film Awards in London in 2011. (Joel Ryan / Associated Press)Link
Cumberbatch’s bad guy makes a few appearances in the new trailer, though he does not speak.
Bruce Greenwood as Adm. Christopher Pike gets a fair amount of screen time too, asking Kirk at one point, “Any idea what a pain you are?”
“I think so, sir,” replies Kirk.
Gotta love that banter.
“Star Trek Into Darkness,” written by “Lost” alumni Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, is slated for a May 17 release.
– Deborah Netburn