This Friday, December 14th, the first 9 minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness will debut in front of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as a special IMAX preview. We have a photo from this upcoming footage, which features Chris Pine as James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock. Here, we see that they've captured this sequel's main villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. If you're hoping that this 9-minute IMAX-only preview will reveal the identity of this Star Trek cannon bad guy, you will be disappointed. Khan's theme does play as part of the soundtrack, but the character's name is never mentioned. The caption that accompanies this photo lists Benedict Cumberbatch's character as John Harrison, which is likely just an alias, as no John Harrison exists in the Star Trek universe. There was a Red Shirt named Harrison on the original series. Could this be him? Not likely. J.J. Abrams certainly likes his mysteries, and this one is driving fans nuts.
Star Trek Into Darkness was released May 17th, 2013 and stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anton Yelchin. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.