‘Star Trek’ Trailer Shines More Light on ‘Darkness’; James Franco’s ‘Planet of the Apes’ Future Unsure

Phil Pirrello | December 17, 2012 - 3:00 pm

First, there was the announcement teaser. Then a 9-minute IMAX preview. Now, Star Trek Into Darkness has released its first full trailer.

J.J. Abrams’ top-secret movie finds Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk struggling with command decisions as he must face a mysterious new threat in the form of Benedict Cumberbatch. May 17, 2013 can’t get here fast enough. Watch the trailer below. [Apple Trailers]

Robert Downey, Jr. recently dropped some hints as to what audiences can expect from Iron Man 3. Apparently, the film’s best bit of acting comes not from its star, but rather from former Iron Man helmer Jon Favreau, who plays Tony Stark’s executive bodyguard, Happy Hogan. “Happy has an amazing arc in this movie,” Downey said. “In fact, probably the best two bits of acting in the movie, so far from what I can tell…which sucks because I’m in every frame, are Favreau as Happy Hogan…I can’t give away much, but it’s ridiculous.” Iron Man 3, directed by Shane Black, hits theaters May 3, 2013. [Just Jared]

In more threequel news, director Todd Phillips teased story details on The Hangover Part III. “[The movie] is Alan’s story,” Phillips said of Zach Galifianakis’ character. ”He’s going through a crisis after the death of his father, [and] the Wolfpack is all he has.” The director also revealed that, while the Wolfpack will indeed return to Las Vegas this trip, it’s “just one of their stops” in the sequel. The film opens May 24, 2013. [EW]

We’ve known for some time that Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt was not returning to helm the sequel (Cloverfield’s Matt Reeves has stepped in). Now it looks like Rise’s leading man, James Franco, may also sit out Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. “I was going to be a small part of the next movie,” Franco said in a recent interview. “There was a moment when Rupert Wyatt was going to direct the second one. A lot of the human characters that were in the first movie were dead in the sequel that Rupert was going to direct. But there was one scene, between Caesar and my character, maybe even just like on a video that was left behind, but then a lot of things happened… Now Rupert’s not a part of it so I don’t know. My guess is I won’t be in it. Nobody’s talked to me since Rupert left.” We’ll find out if we have a Franco-less Dawn (new band name, calling it!) when the film hits theaters May 23, 2014. [MTV]

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