Star Trek Into Darkness plot revealed

spookintodarknessI had almost forgotten about J.J. Abrams' next Star Trek film, titled Star Trek Into Darkness, but the release of an official plot synopsis courtesy of Paramount has revived my interest. The sequel to Abrams' excellent Star Trek revamp, that cleverly launched the entire Star Trek universe onto a totally different narrative timeline, looks to be a more sinister, dramatic and complicated affair than his first film:

"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."

It's pretty clear that the “one-man weapon of mass destruction” is a reference to Benedict Cumberbatch (most famous for the BBC’s modern day Sherlock adaptation) who has the lead villain role in the new film. Rumours suggest he’ll be playing the character Khan featured in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (who first appeared in the original TV series). Since we’re now in a totally distinct timeline, there’s no need for them to keep the new film consistent with previous Khan appearances.

Chris Pine is back as James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura and Simon Pegg as Scotty. Fortunately, Karl Urban, who stole the show in the first film as Bones, is also returning.

The first official trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness will air before Peter Jackson's The Hobbit in December. Star Trek Into Darkness is due May 2013.

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