Benedict Cumberbatch appears on first Star Trek Into Darkness poster

The Sherlock star is the only figure to appear on the newly released artwork, which confirms the film's release date as 17 May 2013

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Benedict Cumberbatch appears on first Star Trek Into Darkness poster
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The film may not be released until 17 May 2013, but the Star Trek Into Darkness publicity machine is beginning to move into full swing as the first poster for JJ Abrams's much-anticipated sci-fi sequel has been unveiled. 

Featuring a crumbling cityscape, the poster appears to show the film’s as-yet-unnamed antagonist, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, striding forth into a world of destruction. 

Although detailed plot points are still being kept largely under wraps for the film, a short synopsis released by the production last week described Cumberbatch’s villainous character as “a one-man weapon of mass destruction”.  From the looks of the poster, that doesn’t appear to be hyperbole. 

Into Darkness is the second Star Trek film from JJ Abrams, who rebooted the classic sci-fi show on the big screen with the 2009 prequel, simply called Star Trek.  The new movie will see Chris Pine reprise his role as a young Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto return as Spock. 

The full plot synopsis for the film reads:

“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.”

Into Darkness, which also features performances from Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, John Cho and Karl Urban, is due to for release next May.  However, footage will be screened before IMAX 3D performances of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey when it opens on December 13 2012 in the US.