Star Trek Into Darkness has been one of Hollywood’s best keep secrets. Their villain is both known and unknown at the same time, the script is under heavy wraps and J.J. Abrams‘ has managed to get away with showing a measly three frames of footage.

As of next month, fans of J. R. R. Tolkien and Peter Jackson who happen to be watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (in IMAX) will be treated to 12,960 times the amount of footage Star Trek then we’ve seen all year.

With Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, and Bruce Greenwood all reprising their roles from the last film alongside newcomers Alice Eve and Benedict Cumberbatch, Paramount Pictures wants to get people in the seats. So what better way then to announce a nine-minute prologue for J.J. Abrams‘ sequel that will air ahead of the Jackson trilogy on approximately 500 IMAX screens?

Check out more in the jump.

As for what will be shown in the prologue, it is known that Abrams shot portions of Into Darkness in IMAX and so it’s safe to assume that at least some of the footage will come from that. All these months of planning and hype have paid off for the Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci written film and interest has never been higher.

So if Star Trek breaks records next year we can thank a magical ring and a bunch of dwarves throwing plates for doing it.

Star Trek Into Darkness is due out in theaters everywhere on May 17th, 2013.

Special thanks to /Film for the heads up.

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