New 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Images: Pity The Poor Redshirts

Remember when the little Star Trek sequel releasing this year was the big thing from J.J. Abrams? That changed last month with the announcement that the director would next tackle Star Wars, and yesterday's announcement of a partnership with Valve was the icing on the cake.

But there's still Star Trek Into Darkness to come before we see the fruit of Abrams' new deals, and the second Trek movie from Abrams still looks like it could be one of the year's more entertaining tentpoles. A few new images have cropped up today, and while none features any big reveal, there are a couple good shots. Those poor redshirts escorting Benedict Cumberbatch can't be in for a good fate. Usually we'd worry most about the redshirts on an away mission, but it's probably reasonable to expect that Cumberbatch's character John Harrison is one of those guys who is just as dangerous when captured as he is running free.

EW has the images.

Star Trek Into Darkness features Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Peter WellerNoel Clarke, and Alice Eve. It opens on May 17, but early shows kick off on May 15.

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.