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How Rihanna’s “Sledgehammer” Helped Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana Cope With Anton Yelchin’s Death

How Rihanna's "Sledgehammer" Helped Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana Cope With Anton Yeltsin's Death

Following the release of the third and final trailer for Star Trek Beyond, which featured pop star Rihanna’s new single “Sledgehammer”, the stars of the film took to social media to express how it helped them cope with the death of their castmate Anton Yelchin.

On Instagram, Zachary Quinto said “after such an unimaginably sad week for our star trek family – @badgalriri brings some light into the darkness.”

His fellow Star Trek Beyond co-star Zoe Saldana echoed those sentiments on her own Instagram account, saying “Thank you @badgalriri, for a beautiful song during one of the most difficult times for our StarTrek family. We know Anton would be proud.”

“Sledgehammer” by Rihanna will be included in the Star Trek Beyond soundtrack. She expressed her love of Star Trek yesterday on Instagram, saying “As a Star Trek fan, I am honored to have the theme song for the new @StarTrekMovie! Hear #SLEDGEHAMMER now on @TIDAL and @itunes”

As we’ve previously reported, Yelchin was fatally struck by his own vehicle outside his home in Studio City, Calif. His death has since been officially ruled an accident.

Directed by Justin Lin, written by Simon Pegg, Doug Jung, Roberto Orci, John D. Payne and Patrick McCay, Star Trek Beyond stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on July 22 after premiering during San Diego Comic-Con on July 20.

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photo: Paramount Pictures

h/t US Weekly

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  1. ZOD

    June 28, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    I’m not really into Rihanna’ music, but the song works in the trailer. The captain’s final log stuff was a nice touch.

  2. Milo

    June 29, 2016 at 7:40 am

    I’m not a fan of a generic pop song in a film called “Star Trek,” however so far as the real world applications, if the song helped some deal with the death of a friend, then so be it.

  3. Erik

    June 30, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Sorry to say that, but the statements ot the two just sounds like it would in a pr-statement.

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