Filmmaker Joss Whedon Adapts Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

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After the blockbuster success of The Avengers, Joss Whedon is now promoting his “micro-studio” film adaptation of William Shakespeare‘s Much Ado About Nothing.

The modern-day retelling of the Shakespearean comedy screened at the Toronto Film Festival. NPR reports that Whedon shot the entire movie at his own home in just 12 days. He also wrote the screenplay and oversaw the music.

The cast includes many actors he has worked with in the past. NPR listed them all: “Amy Acker (Angel, The Cabin In The Woods) as Beatrice, Alexis Denisof (BuffyAngelDollhouse) as Benedick, Fran Kranz (The Cabin In The WoodsDollhouse) as Claudio, Clark Gregg (The Avengers) as Leonato, Reed Diamond (Dollhouse) as Don Pedro, and — bless his heart — Nathan “Joey Buchanan” Fillion (Firefly, Dr. Horrible, Buffy) as Dogberry the bumbling constable.”

In an interview with MTV News, Whedon revealed that his future as a filmmaker largely involves The Avengers sequel film, a S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show and his new consultancy role at Marvel. He also mentioned that he would “love to do more Shakespeare.” No theatrical release date for Much Ado About Nothing has been announced yet. 

The Avengers 2 is expected to come out sometime in 2015.