‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ UK release date moved forward

JJ Abrams' sci-fi sequel will arrive in UK cinemas on May 9 - 8 days earlier than originally planned

Star Trek Into Darkness is to arrive in UK cinemas eight days earlier than originally planned.

Paramount Pictures has pushed forward JJ Abrams‘ sci-fi sequel to May 9. It was originally due to open in the UK on May 17 – the same day as in the US.

The film reunites the Enterprise crew from Abrams’ acclaimed 2009 reboot Star Trek, including Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto’s Spock and Simon Pegg’s Scotty. Meanwhile, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has joined the cast as a mysterious villain.

Back in December (2012), director Abrams shed some light on Cumberbatch’s character, saying: “His name is John Harrison and he is sort of an average. That is what makes him so scary – he is just an average guy who works in an organization called Starfleet, and he turns against the group because he has got this back-story and this kind of amazing secret agenda.”

Exact plot details are being kept under wraps but the first nine minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness have been shown before IMAX screenings of The Hobbit. Click here for NME‘s rundown of everything we know about the film so far.