Latest ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Trailer Debuts Rihanna’s ‘Sledgehammer’

The latest trailer for “Star Trek Beyond” debuted Monday morning featuring a new song from Rihanna, “Sledgehammer.”

The spot opens with Kirk (Chris Pine) contemplating his position on the Starfleet. “My dad joined Starfleet because he believed in it. I joined on a dare,” he said.

After coming face to face with a formidable foe and the starship in flames, Kirk makes his most riveting declaration.”We were overwhelmed by something. Something we’d never seen before. I know this isn’t the last of my crew. But this is my last report as the captain of the Starship Enterprise.”


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The trailer doesn’t feature any new footage, but rather recycles clips from the first two trailers and even brings in some shots from 2009’s “Star Trek.” Rihanna’s “Sledgehammer,” however, sets the tone for some of the action expected in “Beyond.”

“I’m bracing for the pain, and I am letting go,” she sings. “I hit a wall, I thought that I would hurt myself. Oh I was sure, your words would leave me unconscious. And on the floor I’d be lying cold, lifeless. But I hit a wall, I hit ’em all, watch the fall.”

The ballad, written by Sia, offers up a more dramatic tone than the more carefree vibe delivered in the first trailer, which featured “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys.

“Sledgehammer” will be featured in the film when it releases in theaters July 22.

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  1. Rihanna – Sledgehammer
    “Sledgehammer” is part of the original motion picture soundtrack for Star Trek Beyond and was featured in the third theatrical trailer for the film.

    A tweet from #Rihanna in 2014 suggests that “ #Sledgehammer ” was in the works for over two years. It may have originally been meant for ANTI.

  2. Ben says:

    I would like to Sledgehammer my ears after that song

  3. This is going to be to Star Trek what “Man of Steel” was to Superman. All those crashes and ship explosions and phaser fights and chases and fight scenes is a certain indication that they have no actual story, let alone a Star Trek story. It looks like a Tom Cruise movie without Tom Cruise. I just wish they’d directly adapt one of the many existing novels where you know for sure you have a good story and good Star Trek instead of another generic “action” movie that happens to use the characters, paraphernalia and universe labels from Star Trek.

    • therealeverton says:

      SIGH – No it’s an indication that they know how to sell a blockbuster. All that dramatic dialogue and yes, the song lyrics are what tell you everything else. This is how you sell blockbusters.

      This is basically a fan film with big money and the real cast. Simon Pegg, a very good writer, is a fan. The director, great at action yes, but who was famous for quality Indie films originally is a fan. This is as close as we’ll get to what we’re supposed to want.

      Given the writer and the director I’ll be very disappointed and surprised if this isn’t the best Star Trek film by some distance.

      They’re in deep space, far from home, 2 years into the 5 year mission, no help s coming, they have to rely on their wits as individuals and a as separated crew. a fan wrote it, a fan is directing it. some people are never happy.

      I’ll make my judgement after I’ve seen the thing, but there’s zero reason to negative here.

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