Paramount is continuing the trend of releasing a trailer for the trailer by dropping the first teaser for J.J. Abrams‘ highly-anticipated movie Star Trek Into Darkness. The clip, which runs a little over a minute, features tons of stunned faces, screams and explosions. Take a look.

In this Star Trek sequel, the Enterprise crew is called back home, and they discover that a powerful enemy force from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving the world in a state of crisis.

The film will bring back much of the same cast including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban and Anton Yelchin are all reprising their roles. Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the new additions to the cast, though not much is known about his character – except that he’s a complicated villain.

Initially, Paramount wasn’t going to release brand new Star Trek footage until next week. The trailer was going to be attached with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which hits theaters December 14th. But the studio wanted to give us a taste of what’s coming (and hey, we’re not complaining). The teaser looks intense and dark. It’s packed with action, and the score builds up the suspense very nicely. Check it out:

Slashfilm pointed out that there’s also a Japanese trailer out there, with 12-seconds of extra footage. You can check out that version below:

Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

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.

Star Trek Into Darkness opens in theaters on May 17, 2013.

What do you think about this new footage? Are you excited for Star Trek Into Darkness?