Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' gets release date
The "Avengers" writer-director's contemporary adaptation of the Shakespeare comedy was picked up by Lionsgate-Roadside Attractions after its favorably reviewed debut at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival.
Shot in just 12 days at Whedon's home, the black-and-white film stars a stable of actors from the creative heavyweight's virtual repertory, including Amy Acker ("Angel"), Alexis Denisof ("Angel" and the husband of his "Buffy" costar Alyson Hannigan), Nathan Fillion ("Firefly"), Fran Kranz ("Dollhouse" and "Cabin in the Woods" standout), Clark Gregg (reprising his "Avengers" role in "S.H.I.E.L.D."), Sean Maher ("Firefly"), Reed Diamond ("Dollhouse") and newcomers Jillian Morgese and Spencer Treat Clark.
"Ado" uses the Bard's original text, replete with clever quips that -- despite their age -- seem perfectly natural for a Whedon production. For example: "You are thought here to be the most senseless and fit man for the job"; "Neighbors, you are tedious"; "I can see he's not in your good books" ... "'No, and if he were I would burn my library."
Acker and Denisof play "Ado's" insult-swapping ("too wise to woo peaceably") lovers Beatrice and Benedick, whose "merry war" is paralleled by lovestruck couple Claudio (Kranz) and Hero (Morgese). And Nathan Fillion is sure to steal every scene as the comically incompetent policeman Dogberry.