JJ Abrams is a big fan of secrecy, and so it’s often difficult to get any information about projects he’s working on. With some, such as Cloverfield, he’s even tried to maintain secrecy after the film was released. However some info always slips out, and with a franchise as big as Star Trek, it’s little surprise the studio wants to give out at least a little info.
Now the official synopsis has arrived (via The Film Stage), which may not be a point-by-point breakdown, but certainly let’s us now the broad strokes. It says, ‘In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.
‘With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.’
It’s slightly awkwardly worded, seemingly because they’re trying to give us info while not revealing anything about the villain themselves. All we know is they’re being played by Benedict Cumberbatch.
The film hits cinemas May 17th, 2013, with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg and Anton Yelchin all returning.