We’re just shy of a month away from the premiere of Star Trek Beyond, director Justin Lin’s follow-up to Star Trek Into Darkness and the next installment of the celebrated sci-fi saga. Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for the film, and along with offering up some new footage, the trailer also provides a preview of singer Rihanna’s upcoming single Sledgehammer, which will debut on the film’s official soundtrack.
No matter how you feel about rebooted Star Trek franchise, one thing seems certain: When it comes to music, the recent movies aren’t afraid of boldly going where past installments have never gone before.
Directed by Lin, the filmmaker responsible for four installments of the Fast & Furious franchise, Star Trek Beyond features much of the core cast of the rebooted Star Trek franchise reprising their roles. Chris Pine returns as Captain James T. Kirk alongside Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Karl Urban as “Bones” McCoy, Simon Pegg as Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, John Cho as Sulu, and recently deceased actor Anton Yelchin as Chekov in one of his final performances.
Little is known about the plot of the film, which apparently involves Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise getting stranded on a dangerous alien planet. From what we can glean from the trailer, the Enterprise also gets destroyed again — an event that has become a recurring theme in the recent films.
Along with all the returning franchise cast members, Star Trek Beyond also features some newcomers, including Luther star Idris Elba in heavy makeup as an alien villain and Kingsman: The Secret Service actress Sofia Boutella as the white-skinned alien getting a lot of attention in the trailer.
The film is based on a script penned by Pegg and Doug Jung (Dark Blue, Banshee) and arrives in standard and IMAX theaters July 22, 2016.