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'Hobbit' stars cameo in Air New Zealand's new safety video

As the official airline of Middle-earth, Air New Zealand has gone all out to celebrate the third and final film in The Hobbit Trilogy - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Starring Elijah Wood and Sir Peter Jackson.
As the official airline of Middle-earth, Air New Zealand has gone all out to celebrate the third and final film in The Hobbit Trilogy - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Starring Elijah Wood and Sir Peter Jackson.

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Elijah Wood is returning to the Shire on board Air New Zealand.

The actor who starred in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy is helping hype the final installment of "The Hobbit" films with an appearance in

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themed around the fantasy series.

There are the requisite dwarves, orcs, elves, vast vistas and mountain ranges in what the airline calls "The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made," which wraps up a three-year partnership between the films and the carrier.

"We are very proud to be the official airline of Middle-earth and have worked hard over the past three years to create highly effective global marketing campaigns, including distinctive branded aircraft and Hobbit-inspired online content, which have got the world talking about both our airline and destination New Zealand," said Air New Zealand head of global brand development Jodi Williams.

New Zealand director Taika Waititi directed the film over six days, with Waititi appearing as a wizard. "Hobbit" and "Rings" director Peter Jackson also appears in the video.

A number of New Zealand's Middle-earth locations seen in the films, including Hobbiton and Central Otago, were used for the safety video.

The video will help promote "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies," which debuts in December.

Air New Zealand created the first "Hobbit"-themed safety video, titled "An Unexpected Briefing," for the airline in 2012, and released it online where it generated over 12 million views. Over time, other videos, including one featuring Betty White, have been viewed more than 30 million times online.

"Air New Zealand has created yet another fantastic video to celebrate The Hobbit films," Jackson said. "This latest offering combines members of our cast and our locations with Air New Zealand's unique personality. I had a lot of fun on the set with Taika and the team and look forward to seeing the video on board.

"We're confident our final Hobbit-inspired on board safety video will delight fans as much as the first one and inspire even more people to consider a visit to Middle-earth," added Williams.

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