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Star Trek Beyond trailer: Rihanna song debuts

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Kimberley French

It’s not a Bond theme, but here’s the next best thing: Rihanna’s new single “Sledgehammer” will appear in Star Trek Beyond next month, and the track made its debut during the film’s final trailer.

“I’m bracing for the pain, and I am letting go,” Rihanna sings on the soaring “Sledgehammer,” before reaching the song’s refrain: “I hit a wall, I thought that I would hurt myself.”

As for the new trailer, it teases Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) filing his last report as captain of the Enterprise, and even makes a callback to the first film in the rebooted series, with a shot of Chris Hemsworth as Kirk’s father.

“My dad joined Starfleet because he believed in it,” Kirk tells Bones (Karl Urban) in the teaser. “I joined on a dare.”

“Life has a different journey for us, and instead of us having to go out and aid another population, another planet that has been the target of violence, we are the target, so this is very different,” star Zoe Saldana (Uhura) told EW about the film in a recent interview. “We are tested at the craziest level and not just our lives are tested, but our characters and our relationships are tested.”

Watch the trailer featuring Rihanna’s “Sledgehammer” below.

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