As we mentioned yesterday, Joss Whedon‘s take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is released in the UK and Ireland on 14th June 2013, and we’ve now got this great little trailer to whet your appetite.
Along with various group sing-a-longs (which resulted in part to Dr. Horrible being made), Joss also has organized readings of Shakespeare with friends and colleagues for many years. Some were actors who had been theatrically trained, others had never read the text before. When Joss had decided he was going to film Much Ado About Nothing, none of his actors batted an eye. Most thought it would just be another reading, but perhaps with a camera somewhere, hastily recording. To their surprise they arrived to a hustling and bustling set complete with catering, costumes and an entire crew ready to film… So the casting process was basically being an actor that knew Joss… ;)
For those of you unaware of the plot of the 400 year old play, Leonato (Clark Gregg – The Avnegers), the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro (Reed Diamond – Dollhouse) who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John (Sean Maher – Firefly, Serenity). Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick (Alexis Denisof – Buffy, Angel) and Claudio (Fran Kranz – Dollhouse, Cabin In The Woods). While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter Hero (newcomer Jillian Morgese), while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice (Amy Acker – Angel, Dollhouse, The Cabin in the Woods), the governor’s niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange with Leonato for a marriage.
In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to trick the two into falling in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, with the help of his allies Conrade (Riki Lindhome – Buffy, Gilmore Girls, Enlightened) and Borachio (Spencer Treat Clark – Gladiator, Unbreakable), plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins.
A series of comic and tragic events may continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail.