Super Bowl LIV

Audi taps 'Game of Thrones' actor Maisie Williams to star in Super Bowl ad

Actress Maisie Williams is perhaps best known for starring in "Game of Thrones".

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While most of us associate "Let It Go" with an ear worm from the movie "Frozen," Audi is hoping that its new Super Bowl spot by the same name will prove just as memorable. The German automaker has tapped actor Maisie Williams to star in the commercial alongside its Audi E-Tron Sportback.

Williams, whose credits include "Game of Thrones", "Robot Chicken", and "Dr. Who," takes the wheel in the ad that kicks off the vehicle's global brand campaign. The musically-inspired 60-second commercial features Williams singing her own version of the song made famous by Idina Manzel.

2020 Audi E-Tron Sportback The commercial features Williams driving an Audi and signing.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The script for the ad plays out with Williams behind the wheel of the new electric SUV stuck in traffic. Audi says that the intersection she stops at "represents a crossroads of today's preconceptions and old notions of consumption, success, and status."

This is the audience's first clue that they're about to be lectured on the social and environmental responsibility of owning the SUV.

The ad continues with Williams choosing to reverse course and leave "it all" behind, as she breaks out in sold and drives "towards a more sustainable future." A musical isn't complete without a full cast singing effort so along the way fellow drivers, pedestrians, and others join in, "representing the brand's efforts to usher in a new era of sustainable mobility. The journey is a metaphor for how the decision to make more sustainable choices takes all of us doing our part."

Williams recorded the vocals for the commercial at the acclaimed Abbey Road Studios in London where the Beatles, Queen, and others have recorded.

Audi has been vocal about its sustainability efforts, leveraging the messaging to help sell its E-Tron line of vehicles, which have faltered out of the gate. The low sales numbers are unsurprising considering a recent Ford survey indicated that a good portion of the world has no interest in owning an electric vehicle. Daimler has recently forced to dispute claims that it was cutting back production of its Mercedes-Benz EQC electric SUV due to a forecasted lack of demand.

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Brie Larson got into costume for an ad celebrating Nissan's history.

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On the court, you know what you need to do. Get the win. You may have to pivot, stop to catch your breath, and change up the plan along the way, but that's all part of the game. Whether it's March Madness or a Nissan company plan, both follow a similar route.

Nissan, an official NCAA partner, debuted "Thrill", a new ad campaign starring Brie Larson during the NCAA Men's Final Four over the weekend. The new spot, named "The New Nissan" aims to showcase the company's heritage and future.

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The spot opens with Larson experiencing some of Nissan's most iconic heritage vehicles through the decades, asserting that cars once played important roles in pop culture, but noting that the feeling has been lost in recent years. The story takes a sudden turn to feature Larson driving spiritedly in a Z Proto, then off-roading in a Frontier, driving an all-electric LEAF, and behind the wheel of a Rogue. The spot ends with Larson driving away in the Nissan Ariya, followed by a wide shot displaying the new Nissan product portfolio.

"At Nissan, we want to thrill people at every turn and we're excited to showcase this with our completely refreshed product lineup," said Allyson Witherspoon, vice president and chief marketing officer, Nissan U.S. "We've been working with Brie for more than a year and she definitely brings the spirit of our message to life in this latest campaign."

This isn't the first time that Larson has worked with Nissan. She was the face of the "Refuse to Compromise" campaign for the redesigned Sentra. She also was part of the launch of the 2021 Nissan Rogue.

In the coming months, Nissan will launch the redesigned 2022 Pathfinder and Frontier, and debut the next-gen Nissan Z. That's all before the Nissan Ariya arrives on U.S. shores closer to the start of 2022.

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Subaru's new ad is called "Barn Wedding" and features the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek.

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For the 17th consecutive year, Subaru will be the broadcast sponsor of the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG Awards), airing tonight on TNT and TBS starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. During the broadcast, Subaru will air five commercials highlighting what makes the automaker more than just a car company, including a new spot that showcases the revised 2021 Subaru Crosstrek.

"Barn Wedding" is a national TV spot created by Carmichael Lynch on behalf of Subaru of America. It showcases some of the ways that the Subaru company touches the lives of its owners. The ad focuses on a brother and sister as they hit a few unexpected roadblocks on the way to their sister's barn wedding. Their new Crosstrek, with its upgraded 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and fresh face is up for the challenge, which also sees them managing to perform a good deed for a lost cat along the way.

The new Subaru ad will air for the first time tonight during the SAG Awards.Photo courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.

"While we won't be heading to the silver carpet for in-person SAG Awards® this year, we're excited for the opportunity to show viewers nationwide the way Subaru embodies Love for our owners," said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. "The 'Barn Wedding' spot demonstrates not only the capability and power of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, but it also shows the values of caring for others – including furry friends – that we share with our owners."

Other ads airing during the broadcast include Forester Reforesting, Dog Tested, Subaru Loves Pets and Feeding America.

During the 2020 edition of Subaru's Share the Love Event, the company's year-end sales initiative, more than $20.6 million was donated bringing the total donated over the last 13 years to over $200 million. Since 2015, Subaru has not placed a cap on the total amount of contributions it makes to its national Subaru Share the Love Event charitable partners: the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Make-A-Wish®, Meals on Wheels America and the National Park Foundation.

Subaru has also recently extended its Subaru Loves the Earth campaign, which sees the company partner with TerraCycle for nationwide recycling efforts.

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