In case you didn’t know, Joss Whedon made the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing into a movie.
Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing is something of a passion project, shot in his own home and featuring just about every Whedon alum you can imagine. Scaling back from the enormity of The Avengers, Whedon’s Much Ado is shot primarily in black and white (with an occasional splash of color) flexing the fan-favorite director’s indie cred while still maintaining his requisite amount of humor and self-awareness.
Much Ado About Nothing stars the criminally underrated Alexis Denisof as Benedick, the leading man to Amy Acker’s Beatrice. The two previously worked together on Whedon’s Angel TV series where they played Wesley Wyndam-Price and Winifred Burkle/Illyria, respectively.
“I fixated on this notion that our ideas of romantic love are created for us by the society around us, and then escape from that is grown-up love, is marriage, is mature love, to escape the ideals of love that we’re supposed to follow,” Whedon explained of his interest in the adaptation.
Let’s see if I have my Whedon universes right. Denisof played Wesley in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel, Senator Daniel Perrin in Dollhouse, and “The Other” in The Avengers. In addition to playing Fred/Illyria in Angel, Acker played Dr. Claire Saunders in Dollhouse.
Joining are Whedon familiars Nathan Fillion (Buffy, Firefly) as Dogberry, Reed Diamond (Dollhouse) as Don Pedro, Frank Kranz (Dollhouse, The Cabin in the Woods) as Claudio, and Tom Lenk (Buffy, Angel) as Verges.
Oh, and Clark Gregg (aka Agent Phil Coulson from all the Marvel movies) as Leonato.
Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing was shot in 2011, debuted at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, and will be released in theaters on June 7, 2013. You can watch the trailer below.