‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ new trailer, posters spotlight Capt. Kirk

April 16, 2013 | 12:52 p.m.
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Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison in a poster for "Star Trek Into Darkness." (Paramount Pictures)

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Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Pine in a scene from "Star Trek Into Darkness." (Paramount Pictures)

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"Star Trek Into Darkness" writer/producer Damon Lindelof, left, and actors John Cho, Alice Eve, Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine talk onstage during the film's presentation at CinemaCon at Caesars Palace on April 15, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Isaac Brekken / Getty Images)

“Star Trek Into Darkness” is only a month away, but fans who can’t wait for the film to hit theaters May 17 (or May 15 in IMAX theaters) can sate their otherworldy appetites with a new trailer and new posters.

Paramount Pictures released the final trailer for “Star Trek Into Darkness” today, and it boasts an epic score, plenty of action and a more desperate tone than the previously released trailers that in turn focused humorously on James T. Kirk’s brash recklessness and on John Harrison’s deadly threat.

“You think you can’t make mistakes,” Bruce Greenwood’s Christopher Pike tells Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine) at the beginning of the new trailer. “But the choices you make could get yourself and everyone under your command killed. But I believe in you Jim.”

What follows is a rundown of the events fans have already glimpsed in other trailers and in footage previewed at CinemaCon and before certain screenings of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” only in the new trailer, the focus is on headstrong Kirk rather than mysterious villain Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch). After a terrorist force from within Starfleet attacks the organization, Capt. Kirk and his Enterprise crew embark on a revenge-fueled manhunt to capture the man responsible. The search takes them to a war-zone world, putting the ship and the lives within it in danger and causing Kirk to question his abilities as captain.

“I think a lot of maturing happens in this film for Kirk, for a man who thinks he knows everything and leads with his gut and leads with his heart, and is all kind of passion and heart,” Pine said during the film’s presentation at CinemaCon.  “He’s a man that has to learn to censor himself sometimes, and our bad guy, John Harrison, basically levels this mirror in front of Kirk in which he sees all of his vulnerabilities and his fallibility and everything that is wrong with how he leads his men and women into battle. And it brings him to his knees.”

Pine appears in his own poster for the film, also released Monday, along with other posters featuring Cumberbatch, Zachary Quinto as Spock and Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura.

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J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated sequel to his 2009 reboot of the “Star Trek” franchise also stars returning actors Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Simon Pegg and Karl Urban and newcomers Alice Eve, Peter Weller and Noel Clarke (of “Doctor Who” fame).

Check out the trailer and new posters in the gallery above and let us know what you think.

— Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark


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One Response to ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ new trailer, posters spotlight Capt. Kirk

  1. woof says:

    The last one was kind of a throw-away because Kirk was so obnoxious. But this one actually looks worth watching. Thanks for the heads-up.

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