If you love all things Whedonverse, then you’ll be happy to hear that Joss Whedon’s much-talked about screen version of Shakespeare’s play “Much Ado About Nothing” will hit theaters on June 7, 2013. The cast, with many Whedon favorites, includes Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher, Clark Gregg, and Reed Diamond.
As you likely have heard, Whedon reacted to finishing the filming of the huge, multi-million dollar “Avengers” by shooting a contemporary set version of the Shakespeare play in black and white, in his home, in about ten days. In other words, if it was made this way by anyone other than Whedon, this film would be debuting on your friends’ and families’ computers, not in theaters on June 7th.
Don’t know the play? It’s a typical Shakespeare comedy of lovers trying to get together despite family obstacles, made unique by the fact that the young lovers dealing with those obstacles, Claudio and Hero, are unspeakably dull, and the real fun comes from their friends, the acerbic Benedick and Beatrice, who spend all their time insulting each other, talking about how stupid love is, and how little use they have for each other–which of course means that they’re really in love and destined to end up together. They’re the reason why this remains one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies.
Whedon is busy with numerous projects as always, most notably “The Avengers 2″ and the TV series “S.H.I.E.L.D.”