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‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Unveiling 9 Minutes of IMAX 3D Footage

"Star Trek" sequel will premiere footage in front of "The Hobbit"

"Star Trek" fans will get their first look at what's next for Captain Kirk and crew thanks to a sneak peek on IMAX 3D screens this December.

Paramount Pictures will premiere nine minutes from the J.J. Abrams sequel, which carries the impressively vague title of "Star Trek Into Darkness."

The film, which brings back a cast that includes Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, hits theaters on May 17, 2013.

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This first look at what's cooking on the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise will play in some 500 digital IMAX 3D theatres beginning Dec. 14. It will serve as the opening act to IMAX screenings of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

Also read: Like "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Mission:Impossible — Ghost Protocol," the latest "Star Trek" was partially shot using IMAX cameras.

It marks only the third time a first look will be released in IMAX.