Rihanna’s music video for “Sledgehammer” is the first filmed entirely with IMAX Cameras. And it looks fittingly stunning with intergalactic landscapes and picturesque skies.
“We wanted to use some of the elements from the film,” director Floria Sigismondi told EW in an interview. “I watched the film and gravitated towards some, like the floating rocks. I thought that could help elevate my world and make it otherworldly.”
When asked about Rihanna’s look — face tattoos and no eyebrows — Sigismondi said, “Rihanna was really into having tattoos on her face, which was amazing. She was really into getting rid of her eyebrows. It was a unique look.”
The pop star’s Star Trek Beyond single had its music video debut Thursday morning in IMAX Theaters, but arrived online soon after via Vevo and Tidal.
The Sia-penned track scored a recent Star Trek trailer when it debuted Tuesday morning. And in a featurette that came out in the lead-up to the music video, Rih also let fans in on the fact she’s been a Trekkie for years.
“Star Trek has been a part of my life since I was a little girl,” she said in a video featurette. “It just took me one episode to fall in love with this other world that I couldn’t understand but I felt I could relate to… You always felt emotionally connected to the characters… I was very, very honored to be a part of this film.”
Though “Sledgehammer” is the first music video filmed entirely with IMAX, Adele’s “Hello” music video, shot by director Xavier Dolan, told EW they filmed two shots for that clip with IMAX cameras. “Mostly the finale on that pond, and then there’s the shot of her opening her eyes,” he said.
See the video above. Star Trek Beyond opens July 22.