Zachary Quinto Shows Unprecedented Hilarity With Fake 'Star Trek' Sequel Teaser

Just because "Star Trek Into Darkness" won't hit theaters until May 2013—and just because he doesn't have permission from either the director (J.J. Abrams) or the studio (Paramount)—doesn't mean Zachary Quinto can't show a little preview of the upcoming film on Conan O'Brien… right? Because that's exactly what the thespian did. Sorta.

During a sit-down with the late night host, the tall, dark and handsome star said he had "a lot of respect" for Conan and his audience, and as such, he wanted to bring something that was more than the paltry three frames of the film that Abrams had revealed the last time he was on the funny man's couch. (And why shouldn't he?) Claiming to not have told J.J. or Paramount, Quinto double-checked that Conan had a legal department (which Conan assured him, he does) before unveiling the clip.

We have to admit, we were skeptical at first, but the teaser did not disappoint. In fact, it's pretty awesome. We're 99% sure that this preview isn't really from the hotly anticipated movie, but don't take our word for it. Check it out for yourself, courtesy of Cinema Blend, to see if it pumps you up to live long and prosper.