On Monday, Paramount Pictures revealed the synopsis for the rebooted “Star Trek” (2009) sequel, “Star Trek Into Darkness.” The summary has few — but some — clues into the second film in the rebirthed “Star Trek” movie series, which launches into theaters in 2013.
The synopsis is:
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.
With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.
As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
The cast, mostly returning, consists of:
- Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk
- Zachary Quinto as Spock
- Benedict Cumberbatch as “the film’s villain”
- Karl Urban as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy
- Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura
- Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov
- John Cho as Hikaru Sulu
- Simon Pegg as Montgomery “Scotty” Scott
- Bruce Greenwood as Admiral Christopher Pike
Who, though, will be Cumberbatch’s villain? That remains to be revealed. However, the description of the film could point to Gary Mitchell (shown), the ship’s navigator in the second pilot for the TV series (“Where No Man Has Gone Before;” the first pilot was used in “The Menagerie”).
Zapped by the Galactic Barrier, something used in later episodes of TOS, Mitchell became a near-god, with telekinetic and psionic powers. It could be a totally new villain, but Mitchell does fit the bill quite well. Earlier, as well, it was said a “familiar” villain would appear in the new film, but that it wouldn’t be Khan, another fan favorite.
It was previously announced that the first nine minutes of the film will be shown ahead of IMAX 3D showings of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which hits theaters on Dec. 14.
Chris Pine (James T. Kirk) has said he will attend one of the IMAX 3D screenings of “The Hobbit,” as he wants to see the nine-minute footage himself. Non-IMAX 3D screening of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will show a normal trailer for the film.
“Star Trek Into Darkness” is scheduled to be released on May 17, 2013.