Joss Whedon's contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing will be released limitedly by Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate on June 7th, 2013. It will then get a wide release on June 21st. The movie is an independent film, yet it got a solid summer release date. I imagine the studios hope that the fans of The Avengers will give it a shot. The hardcore Whedon fans will most definitely be showing up though. I've heard the movie is great and I'm looking forward to seeing it.
The movie was shot in 12 days while Whedon was working on The Avengers. The comedy stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher, Clark Gregg and Reed Diamond. It will be interesting to see how it ends up doing at the box office.
Much Ado About Nothing, a modern version of Shakespeare’s classic comedy adapted and directed by Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), is the first feature from Bellwether, a micro-studio created by Whedon and Kai Cole for the production of small, independent narratives for all media, embracing a DIY ethos and newer technologies for, in this particular case, a somewhat older story.
Shot in black and white by Jay Hunter (Paperheart), the film stars Amy Acker (The Cabin in the Woods) and Alexis Denisof (How I Met Your Mother) as Beatrice and Benedick, the world’s least likely lovers headed for their inevitable tumble into love. As Joss Whedon puts it: “The text is to me a deconstruction of the idea of love, which is ironic, since the entire production is a love letter – to the text, to the cast, even to the house it’s shot in.” The supporting cast includes Nathan Fillion Castle) as Dogberry, Clark Gregg (The Avengers) as Leonato, Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as Claudio and Reed Diamond (Moneyball) as Don Pedro.