We’ve had a secret love affair with Joss Whedon for a long time now, and this week we found out that Joss has a secret love affair with Shakespeare!
We love how eclectic and deliciously nerdy Joss’s work is; kick ass vampires, superhero’s, enemy mutant productions (you know, the little “GRR ARGH” dude that walks across the screen at the end of awesome tv shows & movies!?), pirate cowboys in spaceships(our favourite!) Internet musicals… and did you know that he co-wrote the song “My Lullaby” from The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride…. what the?! *sigh* he’s so awesome!!
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is the first feature from Bellwether, a small studio formed by Joss Whedon and Kai Cole to produce small, independent narratives
for all media, embracing a DIY ethos and newer technologies for, in this particular case, a
somewhat older story.
The movie, a modern version of Shakespeare’s classic comedy that was filmed in 12 days in Santa Monica, is shot in black and white by Jay Hunter, the film stars Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof 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”, WAITRESS) as Dogberry, Clark Gregg (AVENGERS, IRON MAN) as Leonato, Fran Kranz (CABIN IN THE WOODS, “Dollhouse”) as Claudio and Reed Diamond (“Franklin & Bash”, MONEYBALL) as Don Pedro.
The film should be completed March 2012 ready for the festival rounds
We’re also looking forward to the Marvel movie – The Avengers – written & directed by Joss which is set to be released April 2012!