UPDATED: New Star Trek Into Darkness Images From Entertainment Weekly + More Exceprts From Abrams, Quinto & Orci

The new Entertainment Weekly cover feature for Star Trek Into Darkness has some exclusive new images from the movie. These are being teased by EW today and you can check them out below along with another synopsis of the film. UPDATE: More excerpts from the issue, including Roberto Orci on the future of Trek (now that JJ has signed on to do Star Wars).    



New Star Trek Into Darkness Images In Entertainment Weekly

As we reported yesterday, the new issue of Entertainment Weekly (on newstands Friday) features two collectible Star Trek covers. Today EW is teasing more of the issue including this synopsis of the film:

 What is known: This time around the headstrong Kirk violates Starfleet orders and jeopardizes his command in order to take the Enterprise on the trail of a terrorist who launches spirit-crushing attacks on London and San Francisco. Sherlock star ­Benedict Cumberbatch plays the bad guy in question, a man called John Harrison who’s described by co-writer Alex Kurtzman as a ”member of Starfleet who turns on Starfleet.”

And here are the new photos…

Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine in "Star Trek Into Darkness"

Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison surrounded by security team

Chris Pine hanging on (again)

Zoe Saldana in her wet suit costume

JJ Abrams and Alex Kurtzman on the set

More excerpts from the issue available at EW.com.

UPDATE: More from Abrams, Quinto and Orci

TrekMovie had a chance to read the feature story and here are a couple more excerpts…

Abrams on the four-year gap between his two Star Trek films…

"It would have been better probably for the studio [if we’d put it out earlier], because it would have been fresher in people’s minds. But I’m happy we didn’t rush it. It wouldn’t have been a better movie if it came out earlier. I know that. "

Quinto on Spock and Uhura’s relationship

I think we tapped into something in the first film that a lot of people weren’t expecting, which is the emotional undercurrent and how powerfully it runs through him. That continues in this film. There are things that happen to him—and things that he’s part of–that are incredibly personal… That was really exciting for me both physically and emotionally"

Roberto Orci on Abrams directing Star Wars and future of Trek

For J.J. this is achieving a childhood dream–Star Wars is waht got him in the business. So Watching him go to his super Bowl like this? It’s genuinely joyful for mr. [But] as a guy who is in love with Star Trek and in love with this version of it? It puts a scared lump on my throat. It’s like hearing one of the band members is going to do a solo album. I know Star Wars is going to be the better for it. And I suspect Star Trek will be fine with the rest of us here."

Buy Issues Online

You can buy the both collectible covers as a set at EW.com for $9.98 (or individually for $4.99).

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Flaming Nacelles Forever
February 7, 2013 10:22 am


February 7, 2013 10:23 am

Looks epic!

Josh C.
February 7, 2013 10:24 am

so Harrison is ”member of Starfleet who turns on Starfleet”

soo…that will end the Khan talk right? RIGHT?

*doesn’t hold breath*

February 7, 2013 10:25 am

Oh and mmmm Zoe Saldana <3

Emperor Mike of the Empire
February 7, 2013 10:25 am

I bet 100,000 Quatlos that we see 5 Red Shirt deaths.
Any taker’s.

Emperor Mike of the Empire
February 7, 2013 10:26 am

Where’s Cupcake?

February 7, 2013 10:27 am

3. Josh C. – February 7, 2013
so Harrison is ”member of Starfleet who turns on Starfleet”

soo…that will end the Khan talk right? RIGHT?

*doesn’t hold breath*


Right on. I wish.

February 7, 2013 10:28 am

@5.I’ll see your 100K, and give you 15 on the over/under….

February 7, 2013 10:29 am

I wonder how fans will like it now we that know that the bad guy is just a member regular member of Starfleet with no augment genes? Would that be boring that he ends up not being a canon villain? Unless he is Robert April deaged? But wouldn’t Starfleet know he is April deaged from his photos from when he was in Starfleet?

Emperor Mike of the Empire
February 7, 2013 10:30 am

#8. Ok Phill. You are on. I bet another 50,000 Quatlos that we see at least 10 red shirt deaths for the whole movie.

February 7, 2013 10:30 am

Sorry I put member twice in my last post.

February 7, 2013 10:30 am

Dead red men walking!

Emperor Mike of the Empire
February 7, 2013 10:32 am

#9. I think that John could really be Lord Garth who Killed John and took over and is now using that form to try and take over Starfleet.

February 7, 2013 10:33 am

BTW, why does Kirk always ends up dangling from some precipice?

Josh C.
February 7, 2013 10:35 am

9 – I’m not sure we can say he has no “augment” genes.

One of my thoughts is that he is secretly an augment – either a decent from the eugenics wars, or perhaps even self-made if he’s a geneticist. And perhaps (if he is the former), one of the things he’s fighting for is augment-rights or something.

He could still be a member of starfleet. There is evidence that he is more than just an average human, in any case. Of course, being an augment doesn’t necessarily = Khan either.

Emperor Mike of the Empire
February 7, 2013 10:35 am

Well. Kirk likes Danger. .

February 7, 2013 10:36 am

i like Uhura’s suit

February 7, 2013 10:39 am

I think that CBS Paramount should be able to do a 12-season show simply called Star Trek in 2017 or 2018. It would be set in the Alternate Reality, from 2266-2278 or even from 2260-2280. The stories that take place up until the 2260s could be produced by Pocket Books, Gallery Books and IDW. It is a good way for Bad Robot and CBS Paramount to proceed with the new Star Trek franchise. Maybe Bad Robot and Paramount will also be able to get involved in Star Trek Phoenix and Star Trek Renegades.

Dee - lvs moon' surface
February 7, 2013 10:41 am

OK! … Uhura looks great in wet suit… but I WANT to see Kirk, Bones and Sulu in wet suit!!! PLEASE!!!… ;-) :-)

February 7, 2013 10:43 am

Mike Kirk asks Harrison, who are you?

February 7, 2013 10:44 am

Anyone notice the update to Benedict on IMDB’s Into Darkness page?

It now lists him as Khan (rumored).

Red Dead Ryan
February 7, 2013 10:45 am


Well there are already five Redshirts surrounding John Harrison in that photo….

February 7, 2013 10:51 am

Looks like that mean old redshirt on the right is secretly checking out Harrison’s bum.

And you know those five guys are all toast.

February 7, 2013 10:58 am

@21. That has been there for months….anyone can change it. I can take it off the Wikipedia page for coounterbalance…

February 7, 2013 11:09 am

22–LOL, that was my first thought as well.

It seems Bob Orci, at least, is at least suggesting Abrams will not be back to direct the next Star Trek film, though he did seem to confirm he will be back.

February 7, 2013 11:10 am

“That was really exciting for me both physically and emotionally”

Really Zachary? ;-)

Jefferies Tuber
February 7, 2013 11:11 am

Star Wars is what got JJ in the business… not his TV producer dad Gerry? Nice bio retcon.

February 7, 2013 11:12 am

Hey … Great News … There is a excerpt of issue 2 of the countdown to darkness Comic. You can see it in the iBooks store for example :-)

Jefferies Tuber
February 7, 2013 11:17 am

I’m really struck my the whiteness of JJ Trek. With all the modernization they’ve engaged in, to excellent effect, the movies seem retrograde in their constant use of white people. 1 in 3 people alive today is Chinese or Indian, but Trek seems to have an endless supply of Europeans in command positions, in red shirts, etc. Yeah yeah, Tyler Perry… blah blah Uhura replacing McCoy. Still: White Trek.

February 7, 2013 11:19 am

A sad day as we recognize the passing of a make-up legend Stuart Freeborn. An illusionist par excellence! The first time I saw the ape-men in 2001: a space odyssey as a kid, I was convinced those were real apes. He continued to add his talents to many memorable films such as Star Wars, Superman etc. R.I.P. Mr. Freeborn!

February 7, 2013 11:23 am

@Craiger …he might be a member of Starfleet but nobody said he doesnt have augment genes…. :)

February 7, 2013 11:26 am

@14, I complained to boborci that Kirk was getting choked throughout the last movie, hanging from a precipice seems to have come in a close second as well. Looks like he’s still hanging in #2, let’s just pray there’s less choking as well.

February 7, 2013 11:26 am

Has anyone noticed on the star trek app that you cannot scan the pic of kirk and dr. Marcus??? Its getting frustrating.

February 7, 2013 11:28 am

“…as a guy who is in love with Star Trek and in love with this version of it? It puts a scared lump on my throat. It’s like hearing one of the band members is going to do a solo album. I know Star Wars is going to be the better for it. And I suspect Star Trek will be fine with the rest of us here.”–Bob Orci

That….kind of sounds like a goodbye. Is this Goodbye JJ? I surely hope not!

February 7, 2013 11:33 am

PEB – Do you really know if he has augment genes? Some have suggested that just because we see him flying down to take on the Klingon but I thought that could just be gravity and he is hitting that Klingon with that huge gatlin gun to take him down.

February 7, 2013 11:34 am

Sorry I should have said I have suggested not some have suggested.

February 7, 2013 11:36 am

I’m okay with JJ not directing the third installment. Not under any illusions any of the creative team will be around for part 4. A lot of this speculation goes away with a simple statement from Paramount that writers for the third movie have been retained.

Josh C.
February 7, 2013 11:38 am

28 – arg! I can barely read the screenshots on their browser page. I guess I’ll have to wait until I get home. All I could make out was that April was the captain of an Enterprise before this one (so that bunks the “training cruise” theory). Now…the question is whether that’s the NX-01 or ANOTHER Enterprise in the line?

Also, if it was created BEFORE Nero first arrived, wouldn’t that create canon in the prime universe as well?

33 – The only thing I had a problem scanning was Bad Robot’s logo cause I couldn’t find one with the yellow background good enough for it to recognize the scan for a while, heh

Luther Sloan
February 7, 2013 11:44 am
Mad Mann
February 7, 2013 11:46 am

I’m still looking to see if there are any “easter eggs” in the displays of those shots. I wonder if there are any trekmovie references…

February 7, 2013 11:46 am

Cumberbatch is not John Harrison he’s Khan, EW has spoiled it!


February 7, 2013 11:46 am

April’s Enterprise was decommissioned 2 years before and Kirk got the new one but April was thought to be dead since 20 years fallen on a mission

February 7, 2013 11:51 am

#42 – April Commanded the same Enterprise in the original timeline that Pike and Kirk did. April did the shakedown cruise. Unless in Abrams new AU their was another Enterprise before Pike’s and Kirk.

Garth Faction
February 7, 2013 11:53 am

Is the cat out of the bag? IS he KHAN? Is this true?

You decide


February 7, 2013 11:54 am

But that would explain the theory that we have seen the 1701-A already in the 09 Movie

February 7, 2013 11:54 am

If it is Khan, how could Khan get into Starfleet without Starfleet recognizing who Khan is from history photos? Unless Khan and his people take over a Starfleet ship and borrow the Starfleet uniforms from the ship?

February 7, 2013 11:56 am

#45 – Its not the 1701-A it just kind of looks like it. I think Bob or Alex said that when they were abandoning the Kelvin the shuttles scanned the Narada and backward engineered that the tech and that is why the TOS 1701 looks more advanced and like the 1701-A.

February 7, 2013 11:57 am

#44 – They could just assume its Khan.

Garth Faction
February 7, 2013 11:58 am

EW rarely does something like that…..

Jefferies Tuber
February 7, 2013 12:01 pm

In case the EW Spoiler page disappears: http://imgur.com/5HBDxLz