Boldly going where only Christopher Nolan has gone before, the first nine minutes of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness will debut on roughly 500 IMAX screens starting Dec. 14, Paramount Pictures announced Wednesday. The 3-D footage will play in front of IMAX exhibitions of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Abrams shot several sequences of the sequel to his 2009 hit using IMAX’s large-format cameras, following in the footsteps of Nolan’s IMAX sequences in The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, and Brad Bird’s IMAX work on Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol. The opening sequences of both Dark Knight films also unspooled on IMAX screens in the December before their wide release, the former in front of Will Smith’s I Am Legend, the latter in front of Bird’s Mission: Impossible 4. This is the first time, however, that an extended preview of a film has played in IMAX 3-D.
Star Trek Into Darkness warps into movie theaters on May 17, 2013.