It’s been well established that J.J. Abrams has a thing for secrecy. For whatever reason, the filmmaker prefers all of his projects, be it his television shows or films he directs, to be shrouded in mystery up until the minute they are ready to be seen. Super 8 refused to show even glimpses of the alien at the center of its plot in the trailers and those of you who remember the lead up to Cloverfield probably recall being constantly mislead and arguing with friends about what it was that was getting set to destroy New York.

And here we now stand just a little over five months away from the release of Abrams’ latest film, the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. Everyone has been so mum about this project that we don’t even know the identity of the story’s central villain, a character being played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Thus far the only marketing material for the film that has been released is the teaser poster. But tonight we get our real first look at the newest Star Trek movie.

Paramount has posted what they are calling an “Announcement Video,” which is a bit of a teaser to get audiences ready for the full trailer next week as well as the nine minutes of footage that will be attached to IMAX screenings of The Hobbit. Check it out below!

Check out the Star Trek Into Darkness teaser in HD over at Apple.

Reuniting Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, and John Cho, Star Trek Into Darkness finds the crew of the Enterprise with their lives shattered, as a member of Star Fleet has turned and left the world in a state of crisis. In order to find the man responsible and settle a personal score, Captain Kirk goes to a war-zone world to hunt down the powerful culprit. Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof wrote the script and Paramount will have the movie in theaters May 17, 2013. For more, head on over to our Blend Film Database.

UPDATE The Japanese version of the teaser trailer, also posted on Apple, has an extra scene that the American version doesn't have, so we've embedded it for you below. And just as a warning, the final scene could be considered a spoiler for real Star Trek fans, so be careful:

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