Rihanna Debuts New Single in ‘Star Trek: Beyond’ Trailer

By June 27, 2016

In just a few weeks, Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond will premiere at San Diego Comic-Con in an exclusive event featuring an outdoor IMAX screening with a live orchestra, before opening in wide release just a few days later. Chris Pine, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and the cast from the previous two films will reprise their roles for this latest entry, with Sofia Boutella teaming up with the Enterprise crew as a new ally, and Idris Elba joining the fray as a terrifying new villain.

The film’s first trailer, which featured music from the Beastie Boys and focused more on action and humor, wasn’t terribly well-received, but the marketing team at Paramount seemed to get things back on track with the second trailer, which Alex rightly called “a vast improvement over the first.” And as we enter the final stretch before Star Trek Beyond hits theaters, a new trailer has been unveiled, featuring Rihanna’s contribution to the soundtrack, a new single called “Sledgehammer.” Check it out below.

At first, I was afraid this would be a hastily-cut selection of footage that would be more concerned with showcasing Rihanna than the film itself, but that’s not the case at all. In fact, this trailer is probably the best indication yet of Star Trek Beyond‘s emotional center, which seemingly finds Kirk trying to forge his own identity and protect the other members of his crew.

Conspicuously absent from this new clip is Anton Yelchin, who perished in a tragic automobile accident last weekend. I can’t help but wonder if there was an alternate cut of this trailer where his character was featured more prominently, and the studio decided to pull him from the marketing in the wake of his death. If that was indeed the case, then kudos to Paramount for their display of respect.

Star Trek Beyond is slated to his theaters everywhere on July 22.

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Brent Hankins

Brent Hankins

Contributing Writer at GeekNation
Brent Hankins is a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle and co-host of the Drinks and Discourse podcast. He's also the proud owner of an Italian Greyhound named Sullivan. He's adorable (the dog, not the author).