And the trailer's due to premiere before screenings of 'The Hobbit' later this month

The first poster for Star Trek Into Darkness has been released. It appears at the top of this article.

The poster confirms that JJ Abrams‘ sequel to 2009’s Star Trek will be released on May 17, 2013. The first trailer is due to premiere before screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which opens worldwide on December 14.

Last month (November 2012), Paramount Pictures released a plot teaser for the sequel, revealing that Captain Kirk will “lead a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction”.

Chris Pine is returning for his second appearance as Captain Kirk, while Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg are back as Spock and Scotty. In addition, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has joined the cast and is known to be playing a villain, perhaps the so-called “one-man weapon of mass destruction”.

Discussing the sequel back in September (2012), Pine promised “a really big story” and “huge” character development, while Quinto has called Abrams’ second Star Trek film “bigger and bolder” than the first.