Much Ado About Nothing is one of my favourite Shakespeare comedies. And growing up as part of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer generation, it’s impossible for me not to love Joss Whedon. So the prospect of the director adapting this play for the big screen was always an exciting one.
The black and white movie, filmed at Whedon’s Santa Monica home over 12 days in 2011, also features a host of his frequent collaborators including Firefly’s Nathan Fillion and Sean Maher, Angel’s Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof, Buffy’s Tom Lenk, Dollhouse’s Reed Diamond and The Avengers’ Clark Gregg. Exciting for anyone with even a passing interest in Whedon’s work, past or present.
Much Ado played to rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last year but since Acker’s Fred and Denisof’s Wesley were two of my least favourite characters from Angel [and in Wesley’s case, Buffy], I was worried that I would instantly hate Beatrice and Benedick on sight.
Well, the trailer has just been released and even though it’s only one minute and 42 seconds long, I’m pleased to report that’s not the case. All traces of boring Fred and Wesley are gone forever and we’re left with funny and sarcastic Beatrice and Benedick. Phew!
And if anyone’s wondering, that hip, jazzy tune is St. Germain’s Rose Rouge.
Or if you can’t wait that long and you’re going to be at SXSW in Austin, Texas, this weekend, check out the panel with the cast. All details here