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You won't have to wait too long for a big taste of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into the Darkness.

Paramount Pictures will release the first nine minutes of the much-awaited film at 500 IMAX 3-D screens beginning Dec. 14, well ahead of the May 2013 release date.

It's the first time that exclusive footage has played on IMAX 3-D screens.

"The footage is absolutely incredible," Greg Foster, chairman and president of IMAX Filmed Entertainment, said in a statement.

The film brings back Chris Pine as young Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as a young Mr. Spock from the 2009 original. Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch will star as the villain.