First look: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' trailer

Cumberbatch takes charge of J.J. Abrams' Trek sequel

The first trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Trek sequel ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ is here, and for want of a better word, it’s pretty dark.

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s as yet unnamed villain (rumoured to be Khan) commandeers the trailer with imposing narration as the action focuses on a reign of destruction and impressive visual effects.

“You think your world is safe?” Cumberbatch tells us: “It is an illusion - a comforting lie told to protect you. Enjoy these final moments of peace….”

Speaking about his character to, the Sherlock star said: "He is very ruthless. He is not a clearly good or evil character. He is a villain, but the actions he takes have intent and reason,"

"He is a complicated character not to be judged by white-or-black, or good-or-evil. But this is the appeal of J.J.'s works and I felt challenged as an actor."

All we get to see of Chris Pine’s Kirk and Zachary Quinto’s Spock are fleeting shots of wide-mouthed shock. The good ship Enterprise looks like it takes quite a battering too.

J.J. Abrams’ first Trek movie in 2009 grossed £240 million at the box office and was a huge critical success. It completely rebooted the stale franchise and spawned the next generation of ‘Star Trek’ fans (excuse the pun).

But, as Cumberbatch said: “I know the second one will become far-bigger in scale.”

'Star Trek Into Darkness' hits out screens 17 May 2013.