Last year Joss Whedon got together with some of his buddies and they decided to make a movie. Based on Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”. And this is the result. It’s, uh, I dunno. I guess if you’re into Shakespeare you might like it. And if you happen to be a Joss Whedon fan to boot, then you will really like it.
The film has been playing the festival circuits for a while, but you can catch the first trailer below. Did I mention it’s also in black and white? Funky Shakespeare dialogue and shot in black and white. Ol Joss sure likes a challenge, I guess.
Leonato, the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John. Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick and Claudio. While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter Hero, while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice, the governor’s niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange with Leonato for a marriage.
In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to trick the two into falling in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, with the help of his allies: Conrade and Borachio, plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins.
A series of comic and tragic events continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail.
Starring Joss Whedon’s buddies, including Amy Acker, Emma Bates, Spencer Treat Clark, Alexis Denisof, Reed Diamond, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg.
“Much Ado About Nothing” gets a limited June 7, 2013 release, before getting a wider (though probably not that wide) release two weeks later on June 21st.