Paramount have released a plot synopsis for Star Trek: Into Darkness ahead of it’s trailer and 9 minute teaser on the 13th and 14th December.

Star-Trek-Into-Darkness-Cumberbatch-Quinto“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.”

Once again, Chris Pine will star as Captain Kirk, with Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg returning as Spock and Scotty. Meanwhile, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has joined the cast and is known to be playing a villain.

Star Trek Into Darkness is scheduled for release in cinemas worldwide on May 17, 2013.