June 30
sledgehammer

Several months after the release of her seventh studio album ANTI, Rihanna is keeping busy with a new soundtrack cut called Sledgehammer, an original track for the space epic Star Trek Beyond.

The bad gal teased what she called the “1st ever IMAX music video” for the ballad on Twitter (June 28). In the 27-second snippet, Rih dons a baggy red ensemble against a cosmic backdrop as purple orbs appear at her fingertips.

“Sledgehammer” marks the first music video shot entirely with IMAX® cameras. Director Floria Sigismondi used the new ALEXA IMAX camera, the same camera that was used to film the key battle sequence in “CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.” The ALEXA IMAX 65mm camera is a next-generation revolutionary 2D digital camera developed through a partnership between ARRI and IMAX for in the IMAX format. The “Sledgehammer” video is produced by Maavven. The latest trailer for Star Trek Beyond featured a preview of the song.

Sigismondi stated, “I have been a fan of ‘STAR TREK’ since I was a little girl. I loved the idea that it explored new territory and the unknown. So being able to be the first director to shoot a music video entirely with IMAX cameras and use this revolutionary technology to explore a different type of new territory was a dream come true.”

Star Trek Beyond actors, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana, praised the song after their 27-year-old co-star Yelchin passed away earlier this month in a car accident. “Thank you @badgalriri, for a beautiful song during one of the most difficult times for our StarTrek family,” Zaldana offered in an Instagram caption. “We know Anton would be proud.”

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