Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing!
Joss Whedon doesn’t like to take it easy. After filming a blockbusting, game-changing superhero epic that smashed box-office records and became the 3rd best grossing movie of all time – yes we’re speaking about Avengers lol – you’d probably agree that it’s time for a break. Rather than utilizing the downtime between the shoot and post-production to take a holiday, Whedon decided to assemble a top-notch cast of his many friends from – Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, The Cabin In The Woods – and met up in his California house to make a sharp, stylish adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies.
Lensed in sharp monochrome, the movie keeps Shakespeare’s dialogue, but don’t be disheartened if you skipped English lit classes at college – the distinctly drawn figures, solitary sun-dappled place, clear visuals and modern environment make it a breeze to keep up with. A lover of Shakespeare’s original? Fear not, as the respectful adap discards none of the spirit of the play, retaining the humour and the heartbreak.
Whedonites’ll get a kick out of the spot-the-regular casting (check out our handy Cheat-Sheet below), but those less familiar with his back-catalogue will be thankful that the figures fit their functions like gloves, negating any claims of nepotism. Multi-talent Whedon (whom creates with his spouse Kai Cole) additionally crafted the movie’s score, and the homemade vibe that operates throughout leaves the film humming with energy and vibrancy. So what do you need to know?
Central to the film/play is the ‘merry war’ of wits and terms between would-be enthusiasts Beatrice (Amy Acker – Angel, Dollhouse, The Cabin In The Woods) and Benedick (Alexis Denisof – Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, Avengers Assemble), a pair who’d be head-over-heels in love with each other if they could only stop bickering. At the same time, youthful fans Claudio (Fran Kranz) and Hero (Jillian Morgese) set about organizing their matrimony, which will unite the houses of Don Pedro (Reed Diamond) and Leonato (Clark Gregg).
It’ll be prove to be an eventful week of wedding preparation however, as twin conspiracies emerge, one playful, one devious… On the much lighter, screwball-esque part, Don Pedro plots to get Beatrice and Benedick together, as Don Pedro’s unscrupulous more youthful brother Don John schemes to wreck the impending nuptials of Claudio and Hero. Shakespeare newbies should discover on their own pleasantly surprised at the sparkling dialogue and huge stomach laughs, since well as the movie-friendliness of the tale (it’s because if Shakespeare devised the components for a modern romcom several centuries before cinema came about).
Much Ado Pertaining to Nothing opens in the British on 14 June 2013, but we’re offering you the possibility to see the movie at a special screening in London on 6 June 2013. Popcorn, refreshments, and a no-cost Joss Whedon movie before it’s in cinemas: what more could a film fan want? For a possibility of winning a pair of tickets, head on over to our competition page now. Competition closes 2 June 2013.
Much Ado About Absolutely Nothing Cast Cheat-Sheet: Performing With Whedon Amy Acker (Beatrice): Angel, Dollhouse, The Cabin In The Woods Alexis Denisof (Benedick): Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, Avengers Assemble Nathan Fillion (Dogberry): Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Serenity, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Site Fran Kranz (Claudio): Dollhouse, The Cabin In The Woods Clark Gregg (Leonato): Avengers Assemble, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Sean Maher (Don John): Firefly, Serenity Reed Diamond (Don Pedro): Dollhouse Ashley Johnson (Margaret): Dollhouse, Avengers Assemble Tom Lenk (Verges): Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, The Cabin In The Woods Romy Rosemont (The Sexton): Avengers Assemble Stacy Shirk (Servant): Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along weblog Jillian Morgese (Hero): Newcomer Morgese had been spotted by Whedon whenever she showed up as an additional in Avengers Assemble, and he provided her an audition for one of Much Ado’s lead functions.