You Can Watch the First Nine Minutes of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Before ‘The Hobbit’

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Like sci-fi and fantasy movies? Love multitasking? Get excited for this December. Paramount Pictures has just revealed it will premiere nine minutes of footage from Star Trek Into Darkness before screenings of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this fall, giving moviegoers the chance to double-up on two of the most anticipated movies of the next year.

There’s a small catch, though. The Star Trek footage will only run before The Hobbit in IMAX 3D theaters, of which there are about 500 in the US. If you live in an area without an IMAX 3D screen, you’re out of luck.

The move parallels what Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. did with The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Small sequences from each of those films (the opening scenes, to be more specific) premiered before I Am Legend and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, respectively. Though one could argue that it’s a tease to show moviegoers part of a film they won’t be able to see the rest of for many months, rather than a conventional trailer, it certainly didn’t hurt the hype or ticket sales for the Dark Knight films.

At this time, we don’t know what part of Star Trek fans will get to see, though it’s probably a safe bet that it will be the opening sequence and it’s an even safer bet that it won’t give away too much of the plot (which has been kept under very tight wraps).

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in theaters on December 14. Star Trek Into Darkness (anyone else find it bizarre that there’s no colon in that title?) hits theaters on May 17, 2013.

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