Brand new Star Trek prequel pics and trailer
What on Praxis were Paramount thinking
The eagerly anticipated new Star Trek film is set to enthrall some and enrage others with a young, spunky cast, vicious fights and sex scenes.
A new trailer and new pics from the forthcoming film were released online earlier this week, further fuelling the excitement of Trekkies around the world ahead of the film's release on May 8 next year.
Directed by JJ Abrams - the man behind Lost and Cloverfield - Star Trek XI will detail the early days of James T Kirk and his crew and will chronologically sit after the TV series Enterprise, starring Scott Bakula.
These pics, in essence make up the fast-paced trailer, which features snippets from the childhoods of Captain James T Kirk, played by Chris Pine  and Mr Spock, played by Heroes star Zachary Quinto, lending an insight to the men they grow up to become.
Young reckless Kirk leaps from a car before it plummets into a ravine, just to prove how reckless he really is 
The trailer starts with a Corvette speeding through the desert being pursued by someone on a hover-bike. The car goes flying off the side of a canyon, leaving the young driver clinging onto the rocks for dear life. The pursuing driver, who appears to be a robot cop of some sort, steps off his bike and asks the youngster: "What is your name?"
To which, the boy replies in a bold, brassy manner: "My name is James Tiberius Kirk."
The trailer then moves on to a slightly more grown up Kirk, this time speeding through the desert on a motorbike, before stopping by a futuristic factory - possibly the San Francisco shipyards where the Enterprise is being built.
Actor Bruce Greenwood, who plays early Enterprise Captain, Christopher Pike (as we all know is destined to sit in a black chair and go "Beep"), talks as a voiceover: "You always had a hard time finding a place in this world haven't you? Never knowing your true worth."
"You can settle for less in ordinary life - or do you feel like you were meant for something better? Something special?"
The action then switches to the Vulcan and centres on a young Spock looking inquisitive before moving to an older Spock, played by original Star Trek star Leonard Nimoy.
The older Spock is seated with his human mother Amanda Grayson, played by Winona Ryder , who gazes into her son's eyes. A mystery voice says: "You will always be a child of two worlds and fully capable of deciding your own destiny."
"The question you face is, which part will you choose."
USS Kelvin: The ship that was captained by Kirk's father George Samuel Kirk during the battle with Romulan villain Nero 
The background story now established, we are introduced to Spock, as a young adult (Quinto) and his colleague Kirk, standing on the re-worked Enterprise bridge.
A montage of scenes follow, showing intergalactic space battles and snapshots of the new Starship crew. The as-yet-apprehensive relationship between Spock and Kirk is brought to boiling point as the cocky captain says: "Are you afraid or aren't you?"
A steadfast Spock replies: "I will not allow you to lecture me."
Kirk hits back with a challenge: "Then why don't you stop me."
A fuming Spock lashes out at Kirk, before the scene cuts to a fiery explosion in space. In what promises to be the most action-packed Star Trek yet, the film also provides the dashing Kirk with some in-between the sheets action in a steamy sex scene with communications officer Uhura, played by Zoe Saldana.
Uhura strips off in her Enterprise quarters, unaware she is being watched by Kirk. Perv. ...mind you... 
During his brief cameo in this trailer, Pegg declares: "I like this ship. This is exciting."
And for a moment we forget that Simon Pegg  couldn't even do an authentic American accent in Band of Brothers and happily accept him as cheeky chappy engineer Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott.
The trailer also features glimpses of some familiar faces of the cast, including Eric Bana as Romulan villain Nero. Relative unknown Pine, who plays Kirk, has promised to show a new side to the captain and has cited Harrison Ford's Indiana portrayal as inspiration.
In a statement to the press, Pine said: "Not to say that I modelled my version of James T Kirk on anything in particular, but I think I definitely have wanted to bring that kind of Harrison Ford humour to Kirk."
Director JJ Abrams originally said he hoped to find a cameo for William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek TV series, but didn't want the script to "shove him in because that would be a disaster".
Leonard Nimoy makes a cameo as the older Spock during a scene with his human mother played by Winona Ryder 
Matt Damon was originally touted as a potential Captain Kirk, but Abrams decided he was "too old" for the part. Thank God. New Zealander Karl Urban, who played Eomer in the Lord Of The Rings movies, is Leonard 'Bones' McCoy, previously played by DeForest Kelly.
Here at The Register, we're curious as to whether we will get to see Kirk beat the Kobayashi Maru no-win scenario with his...unique solution during his academy training.
Anyway, here's the trailer.
Let us know what you think. ®