Joss Whedon Follows Huge Blockbuster With Tiny Adaptation Of Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing'
This summer saw the release of The Avengers, a huge endeavor by director Joss Whedon. Not only was it a financial juggernaut, but for my money, it was the better of this season's superhero films. Kudos all around.
But apparently shooting one of the biggest movies of the year wasn't enough for Whedon. No, he had to go and follow it up with a "micro-studio" film adaptation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Whedon shot the film in 12 days in his house. He also wrote the script and oversaw the music. Dude does not mess around.
The film stars Amy Acker as Beatrice, Alexis Denisof as Benedick, Fran Kranz as Claudio and Clark Gregg as Leonato. And, yes nerds, Nathan Fillion is in it too, as Dogberry. Check out the official website for more casting and movie info. The modern-day retelling has apparently screened at the Toronto Film Festival, but I haven't heard any chatter on it.
Who's excited for this? I'm a big fan of Much Ado--definitely one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. And though I've never been a big fan of Whedon, after The Avengers, I'll give anything he does a shot.
Who's planning on seeing this? Do you like this play? Anyone remember the Kenneth Branagh-directed version? Got a more favorite Shakespeare play? Tell us!
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