Before his May 18 death, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell filmed a music video in honor of World Refugee Day, which was released posthumously on Tuesday, when the cause is observed.
Cornell wrote and recorded “The Promise” for the movie of the same name, which stars Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale and tells the story of the Ottoman Empire’s Armenian genocide at the end of World War I. Cornell was a fierce advocate for those affected by the current refugee crisis, and since The Promise’s release this year, he traveled the world promoting the film and did work with his Chris & Vicky Cornell Foundation.
Now, a slew of A-listers have joined forces to encourage people to #KeepThePromise to help displaced refugees, and PEOPLE presents an exclusive video in which they passionately urge others to uphold Cornell’s legacy of fighting for human rights.
Isaac, Bale, George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Tom Hanks, Josh Brolin, Elton John, System of a Down’s Serj Tankian, Cher, Jennifer Lopez and Pharrell Williams appear in the inspiring clip, which also features a final, poignant declaration from the late Cornell: “Hi, I’m Chris Cornell, and I vow to keep the promise to fight for the world’s most vulnerable children.”
Cornell was 52 years old when he was found dead in his Detroit hotel room last month; a medical examiner ruled the cause of death suicide by hanging. He is survived by wife Vicky, their kids — daughter Toni, 12, and son Christopher, 11 — as well as daughter Lillian, 17, from his previous marriage to Susan Silver.
Eric Esrailian, The Promise producer and a longtime friend of Cornell, opened up to PEOPLE exclusively about their friendship and the rock star’s commitment to helping children and refugees.
“The film [The Promise] is based on the Armenian genocide, and the song pays homage to the victims of the Armenian genocide so it would never be forgotten, but also that it would be able to drive awareness about human rights issues of the day,” Eric Esrailian said.
“Chris always wanted the video to be released on World Refugee Day, and all the proceeds of our company were going be donated to charitable organizations, and Chris was going donate all the proceeds of his song to organizations that support refugees and children. “Keep the Promise” may mean different things, whether it be supporting refugees or ending racism or fighting genocide in corners of the world. We had an incredible group of people commit to keep the promise. Sadly, the video came out on World Refugee Day, as Chris had hoped, but he was very much a part of the process along the way,” the producer said.