Paramount releases teaser stills from new Trek movie

Star Trek Into Darkness Copyright Paramount Spock heat suit

For those not hiding from spoilers, the new photos released late this past week don’t offer much new from what we have seen in the teaser and trailers.  But they do give us a chance to check out in better detail J.J. Abrams and Michael Kaplan’s uniform choices and a glimpse at prop details for next summer’s 12th Paramount big-screen Star Trek franchise effort, Star Trek Into Darkness. 

Paramount released a total of 12 stills for marketing the new movie to the public, one with Zachary Quinto as Spock with a new spacesuit (above)–a combination of the original space suits from the original Star Trek TV series, the vertical helmet style from the Next Generation movies and Star Trek Voyager, and the protective mini-space shuttle-type tiles worn in a deleted scene by Captain Kirk in Star Trek Generations and re-used by B’Elanna Torres in Star Trek Voyager.  It’s a nicely designed suit–giving the wearer good visual scope with good attempts at showing the protective nature of the outfit.

Spock in Bond pose Star Trek Into Darkness copyright Paramount

Four stills show key cast members sporting new phasers that have a more 21st century look to them instead of the classic futuristic design, with the actors in James Bond poses.  Notably Chris Pine’s Kirk and Zoe Saldana’s Uhura are wearing 21st century leather jackets, maybe even motorcycle jackets, with Saldana’s similar to Deanna Troi’s from Star Trek: First Contact.

Three stills show Benedict Cumberbatch as a yet-to-be-disclosed villain in the new Enterprise brig.  The brig looks great, very much evocative of Captain Picard’s later Enterprise-D brig, and it is interesting Abrams chose a glass window barrier instead of the force field barrier from prior Trek incarnations.

Villain in brig Star Trek Into Darkness copyright Paramount

One still shows someone, presumably Cumberbatch’s stunt double, breaking through a glass wall.

We get to see Kirk and new actress Alice Eve as Carol Marcus in a scene, both with their Star Trek 2009-style Starfleet uniforms.  We also get to see Kirk with his old captain, Bruce Greenwood’s Admiral Christopher Pike.

Simon Pegg in Star Trek Into Darkness copyright Paramount

Finally we get to see one photo of Simon Pegg’s Scotty phoning someone with Star Trek 2009 communicator and wearing a giant Green Lantern-sized ring.  He is wearing a new style of grey formal uniform with left shoulder patch, with bright chest accents, seeming to say “she’s givin’ it all she’s got, Captain!” or he’s staring at a giant Predator or Alien creature.

No photos have been released yet of RoboCop’s Peter Weller or A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Heather Langenkamp in costume.

More of the newly released photos can be seen at the Huffington Post website.  All photographs above are copyright 2012 Paramount Pictures.

Star Trek Into Darkness is scheduled for national release May 17, 2013.

C.J. Bunce

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