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‘Much Ado About Nothing’ Trailer: Joss Whedon Does Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing Trailer
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The trailer for Joss Whedon‘s ‘Much Ado About Nothing‘ has hit and it looks wonderful. Whedon has always shown an affinity for witty and layered language and dialogue in his television work, so it’s no surprise that he’s a fan of William Shakespeare. This adaptation looks less like a prestige project and more like a lark from a fan of the the great playwright — not that there’s anything wrong with that!

Shot on a microbudget and in black and white (and apparently during the weekends when Whedon wasn’t working on ‘The Avengers‘), ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ rounds up a cast almost entirely comprised of Whedon regulars, including Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg and Fran Kranz. In fact, the casting of Acker and Denisof as verbally dueling love interests should make the heart of any ‘Angel’ fan pound.

It’ll be interesting to see how Whedon chooses to update the play to the modern day, especially since the trailer makes a point of showcasing Shakespeare’s words with few (if any) changes. The worst case scenario here is that one of the best and most creative guys in the movie business got to play Shakespeare with his buddies, but the best case scenario is that Whedon has made an incredible entry point for new fans of the Bard and a unique adaptation for old fans who can quote this play in their sleep.

Check out the trailer below along with the latest poster. ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is currently playing the festival circuit but is scheduled for a June 21 release.

Much Ado About Nothing Poster
Lionsgate

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