‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ to preview before ‘The Hobbit’ in IMAX 3D

Nine-minute clip from JJ Abrams' sci-fi sequel will be screened in the US

A nine-minute clip of Star Trek Into Darkness will be screened before The Hobbit at IMAX cinemas in the US.

The much-talked about sequel to JJ Abrams’ sci-fi reboot has been kept a guarded secret for many months, with only a jokey, blink-and-you-missed-it teaser shown on Conan O’Brien’s show earlier this year – you can watch it below.

However, Paramount has announced that US cinemagoers can see nine minutes of the film by going to see Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at IMAX cinemas in the US from December 14. It is currently unclear if it will extend to the UK.

Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment, said in a statement: “Our longtime partners JJ Abrams, Bryan Burk and the Bad Robot team have really hit it out of the park – the footage is absolutely incredible. Their use of the IMAX Camera and canvas is sure to impress current and future Star Trek fans alike. We’re thrilled to once again work with our friends at Paramount Pictures to offer this extended ‘first look’ at this highly-anticipated summer blockbuster.”

Star Trek Into Darkness finished filming this July (2012) and is scheduled for release worldwide on May 17, 2013. Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto will reprise their roles from 2009’s Star Trek, Abrams’ successful reboot of the franchise.

Discussing the sequel earlier in September, Pine promised “a really big story” and “huge” character development, while Quinto has called Abrams’ second film “bigger and bolder” than his first.