‘Star Trek’ preview hits IMAX 3-D theaters in December

By Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY

Paramount Pictures shows off the first nine minutes of ‘Star Trek Into the Darkness’ starting on Dec. 14.

You won’t have to wait too long for a big taste of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into the Darkness.

Paramount Pictures will release the first nine minutes of the much-awaited film at 500 IMAX 3-D screens beginning Dec. 14, well ahead of the May 2013 release date.

It’s the first time that exclusive footage has played on IMAX 3-D screens.

“The footage is absolutely incredible,” Greg Foster, chairman and president of IMAX Filmed Entertainment, said in a statement.

The film brings back Chris Pine as young Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as a young Mr. Spock from the 2009 original. Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch will star as the villain.