Paramount Pictures surprised fans by commissioning pop superstar Rihanna to release a song for the upcoming "Star Trek: Beyond" soundtrack. But "Sledgehammer" has turned out to be more than just a theme for the film's closing credits — it's also helped some of the cast cope with the tragic death of co-star Anton Yelchin.
Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana, who play Spock and Uhura in the current Trek film franchise, both shared their gratitude to Rihanna on Instagram for the song, which also was used in the third and final "Beyond" trailer.
"After such an unimaginably sad week for our Star Trek family, [Rihanna] brings some light into the darkness," Quinto wrote on Instagram Monday, according to Us Weekly.
"Thank you, [Rihanna], for a beautiful song during one of the most difficult times of our Star Trek family," Saldana said. "We know Anton would be proud."
Friends and family of Yelchin gathered Friday for a private funeral service at an undisclosed location, according to E! News. The service took place less than a week after the 27-year-old was found crushed by his Jeep Grand Cherokee in the driveway of his home.
"Sledgehammer" was written by Rihanna, Sia Furler and Jesse Shatkin, and is the first single from the "Beyond" soundtrack. The film itself is set for release July 22.
"As a Star Trek fan, I am honored to have the theme song for the new Star Trek movie," Rihanna wrote on Instagram.
Sia is a five-time Grammy nominee who also performs, including the popular "Chandelier" in 2015. Shatkin is a Grammy-nominated producer that has worked with artists like Kylie Minogue, Kelly Clarkson and One Direction.