Watch 9 Minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness in Front of The Hobbit on IMAX

Star Trek into Darkness (2013) Movie Teaser PosterLove Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth films and can’t wait to get in line for “The Hobbit Part 1: An Unexpected Journey”, love IMAX even more, and love J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” reboot, too? Well DAMN, then I guess you’re just going to love the crap out of this news, aren’t you?

Paramount has officially announced that they’re taking a page from Warner Bros.’ Batman films and will be unleashing a 9-minute sneak peek at Abrams’ “Star Trek” sequel, “Star Trek Into Darkness” into 500 IMAX locations this December 14th, a whopping six months before the film’s debut next year, in front of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit Part 1: An Unexpected Journey”.

As you’ll recall, Warner Bros. did the same thing with Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight”, and that proved so successful they did it again with “The Dark Knight Rises”.

So why IMAX? According to the press release:

To further the IMAX experience, “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” used IMAX cameras to capture several sequences. Exclusively in IMAX theaters, sequences filmed with the extremely high-resolution cameras will expand to fill more of the screen with unprecedented crispness and clarity, putting moviegoers right into the explosive action and vast scope of the film.

Oh, I see.

I don’t know enough about IMAX screens to tell you for sure if there are more than 500 of them around the country, so it might be a safe bet to call ahead to your local IMAX theater to inquire about the “Star Trek Into Darkness” preview. Hopefully they’ll tell you if your screening of “The Hobbit” has one or not and save you the trouble. That is, if you weren’t planning to watch “The Hobbit” on IMAX anyway, I mean.

“Star Trek Into Darkness” is directed by Abrams, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine, Alice Eve, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, and Bruce Greenwood. It launches back into theaters next Summer.

JJ Abrams and the Cast of Star Trek (2009) Movie Image