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While handling the Marvel universe may sound like a full time job, Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon did find time for a side project - a black and white modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. The project gathers together several of Whedon’s friends and usual actors to give audiences a new look at the classic play.
A trailer for the film, which will be distributed by Lionsgate, was just released and shows off the jazzy vibe Whedon has given the project.
According to Zap2It, the cast is filled with Whedon vets, including Nathan Fillion and Sean Maher (both from Firefly), Fran Kranz (Dollhouse) and Clark Gregg (The Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D.). It had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last year, earning rave reviews from critics.
Whedon spoke about the project with Entertainment Weekly back in 2011, revealing that he and his wife, Kai Cole, funded the project themselves and shot it all at their home. When the film was first announced, it surprised even his fans, but Whedon said that we shouldn’t have been shocked.
“Well, it’s not a bit secret that I’ve done these [Shakespeare] readings before, and I always had a vague notion of shooting Much Ado,” he told EW. “But I didn’t really have a take on it. And then, for some reason, I kinda sorta did. As we were finishing The Avengers in New York, my wife and I were planning our vacation for our 20th anniversary. And she said, ‘Let’s not take the vacation. Make a movie instead.’ I was like, ‘I’m not even sure if I can adapt the script, cast the movie, and prep it in a month.’ And she was like, ‘Well, that’s your vacation time, so you do it.’ And so I did.”
Much Ado About Nothing hits theaters on June 7.