When one mentions William Shakespeare, the name you’d probably least expect to hear in the same breath is Joss Whedon. After all, the director’s most popular work tends to be in the sci-fi arena such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, X-Men, Firefly and The Avengers. That said, Whedon cites Shakespeare as one of his influences. James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and Stephen Sondheim being others. It was only a matter of time before he dabbled with the English playwright’s extensive work.
Whedon gives Shakespeare’s classic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing a contemporary take but uses the original text. Reportedly, he filmed the black and white adaptation in just 12 days. The story of obsession, friendship, hatred, love, loyalty, power, deceit and truth centers on sparring lovers Beatrice (Amy Acker) and Benedick (Alexis Denisof). Rounding out the cast are Sean Maher, Nick Kocher, Clark Gregg and frequent Whedon hire, Nathan Fillion. Much Ado About Nothing hits theaters in limited release on June 7. Check out the trailer below.
What do you think of the trailer? Hopefully for Joss’ sake, his adaptation is as well-received as Kenneth Branagh’s 1993 film which starred Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves and Emma Thompson. Are you a big Shakespeare nut? If so, what’s your favorite work from him? Sound off below.