Captain Kirk is on the hunt for a 'one-man weapon of mass destruction'...

A plot teaser for Star Trek Into Darkness has been released by Paramount Pictures.

The film is director JJ Abrams‘ sequel to his hit 2009 reboot Star Trek. Once again, Chris Pine will star as Captain Kirk, with Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg returning as Spock and Scotty. Meanwhile, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has joined the cast and is known to be playing a villain.

Paramount’s official plot synopsis reads: “When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organisation 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.”

The teaser continues cryptically: “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.”

Star Trek Into Darkness is scheduled for release in cinemas worldwide on May 17, 2013. 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.