The sequel's title leaked over the weekend, but has now been verified by Paramount Pictures

The title of JJ Abrams‘ second Star Trek movie has been officially confirmed.

The director’s sequel to his 2009 reboot will be called Star Trek Into Darkness, Paramount Pictures has verified via Deadline. The title leaked over the weekend after the web addresses www.startrekintodarkness.com and www.startrekintodarknessmovie were registered by an anonymous domain registry service associated with Paramount.

Abrams finished filming the sequel in May (2012), but plot details are being kept under wraps. Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is known to be playing a villain, while Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Anton Yelchin will all reprise their roles from the 2009 movie. Star Trek Into Darkness will be released worldwide on May 17 2013.

Last week (September 6), Quinto insisted that the sequel is a step up from Abrams’ first Star Trek movie, which grossed over $385 million (£240 million) worldwide. When asked about shooting Into Darkness, he replied: “It was bigger. It was bolder, I think, than the first one, and that was pretty big and bold from my stand point. I’m really excited to see what they do with it.”

Earlier this month (September 3), Chris Pine also shed new light on Star Trek Into Darkness, insisting that the sequel builds on the 2009 movie. He explained: “The force [the Enterprise crew] are met with is much more frightening. It’s relentlessly action-packed and in terms of character development it goes places you’d never expect. The arc is huge for all the characters. It’s a really big story – I can’t hype it enough!”