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New Star Trek into Darkness teaser shows JJ Abrams is already making Star Wars

What you see above is the exclusive Star Trek Into Darkness teaser attached to Oz: The Great and Powerful, and posted online by avindustries13. It's the second Star Trek movie from director JJ Abrams, who has most recently been signed to direct the first of the Star Wars sequels. One look at this teaser, however, shows Abrams has already been doing just that. At the very least, he's bringing the grit dynamism of Star Wars to Star Trek. And hey, Spock does a pretty good job filling the Chewy seat.

Star Trek: Into Darkness hits theaters in May but you can already grab the official companion app from the app store:

You can also grab previous Star Trek TV shows and Movies from iTunes, including Abrams' first movie, the one that launched the re-imagining.

And if you thirst for the non-re-imagined Star Trek Universe, the one of Picard and Sisko and Janeway, Mobile Nations' own Derek Kessler has just released Star Trek: Aldrin, his vision for the future of the Federation, Dominion, and galaxy in general. I read the first book, Sic Semper Tyrannis, and it was great. Get your ablative armor up, load the transphasic torpedoes, and fire away at while you're waiting! (And man can Kessler model some amazing looking Star Ships!)

Source: avindustries13 via Clayton Morris

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The scary thing about Star Wars: Episode VII is that, supposedly, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Anthony Daniels have all already been signed. And none of them is getting any younger. If J.J. wants the Star Wars franchise to continue beyond Episode VII, he'll also need to sign next-gen cast members to carry the torch.

But not to worry. One of J.J.'s strengths is getting good performances out of his actors. That's the director's primary job on-set. I'm not sure Lucas ever understood what that is. He was so preoccupied with green screen and post-production that he treated actors like just another element of the FX.

Agreed. I can see Hamill taking the Obi Wan role, Fisher taking the Mon Montha roll, etc. Secondary characters to the next generation.

Has to be Skywalker story though. Three generations, one family.

I'm not a continuity-uber-alles geek, but, if they do set it 25+ years in the future to accommodate the ages of the actors, it will be interesting to see how much (if any) tip of the hat they will give to the expanded universe - Mara Jade in that Skywalker family, for instance.

That would be great. But my fingers are most crossed for a great story. The prequels just had such bad scripting and directing. If Abrams can fix that in spite of Lucas, then there a ton of stuff to draw on.

I guess I'm in the minority, but I don't think much of the expanded universe is salvageable. Star Wars works best when it doesn't take itself too seriously, but the expanded universe usually took itself far too seriously. Add to that poor planning and poor writing…

I mean, I think bringing some of the *characters only* in would be a good idea. But it would also (probably) anger fans who are expecting that if the characters are brought in the existing stories are, too.

Better to bury the expanded universe in a hole and cover it with sand.

Probably true - which is why it will be so fascinating to see which way they go. If the story is good, I don't much care what they do w.r.t. the expanded universe - but their will be a mob arising from their basements with pitchforks and torches regardless :)

Obviously, if they are there, it's in the positions of elders. Carrie Fisher certainly cannot fit into that metal bikini anymore.

Looks awesome to me. Then again, I hate Star Trek. I did not like the originals. What kind of moron walks onto an alien ship with no gun drawn (in end of the first one)? Talk about naive. What i like about star wars is there's bullet's flying in the first scene in the movie.

I have NO clue what-so-ever what you said in the last two sentences.

Got robbed! This was not in front of Oz when I saw it yesterday. Though I did opt for the 2D version.

Abrams made me actually enjoy Star Trek. Love most things he touches (Undercovers was terrible).

I hope that I am able to control my expectations, but just him being attached has my expectations very high. This should be good.

As a long-time Star Trek fan, this makes me look forward to the movie all the more. If our technology had been available in 1966 I'm sure Roddenberry would have added more action. The limiting factors on Star Trek were always realism and budget.

May 15th can't come soon enough. I got their mobile app and bought the early screening, and now I hear that date is sold out at most places. Looks like I'll be spending my evening in a very crowded theater of fellow nerds. Gotta get there early!

I loved the first one, and even had a permanent space on my iPhone for over a year so I could watch it again and again anytime.

I'd like to pat myself on the shoulder for it but probably won't be able to, but I remember posting a few years back on TrekMovie.com to Bob Orci on how the next sequel should have some sort of rogue commander within Starfleet, perhaps Commander April who got shunned the captain's chair on the Enterprise from the altered timeline. John Harrison sounds good enough for me for now. We'll just have to wait and see!