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The first trailer for Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing shows the man can direct Shakespeare as well as superheroes

Mar. 7, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Joss Whedon is talented. There, are you happy? I said it. The guy is not a hack and I never thought he was. Just because I am not an undying fan of FIREFLY or THE AVENGERS does not mean I don't think the man behind them is not talented. But, I have always found that what made his work on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER so good was the character development and the writing. So, despite the shock many had when he revealed his next film would be a low budget, black and white version of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, I was not very surprised. Believe it or not, but Shakespeare is ideal for someone like Whedon.

Today we finally get a chance to see the trailer for MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, a play last filmed by Kenneth Branagh, and it is quite good. In fact, I will say right now that MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING has entered into my top ten to see in 2013.

For those of you who didn't study the play in high school or college, here is the synopsis for one of Shakespeare's best comedies:

Leonato (Clark Gregg), the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro (Reed Diamond), who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John (Sean Maher). Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and Claudio (Fran Kranz). While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonatos daughter Hero (Jillian Morgese), and Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice (Amy Acker), the governors niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange, with Leonato, their 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) and Borachio (Spencer Treat Clark), 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.

Starring a cast of Whedon alumni including Clark Gregg, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Franz Kranz, and the still gorgeous Amy Acker, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING was filmed at Whedon's own house in Santa Monica. Whedon wrote the screenplay for the updated version of Shakespeare's play, which basically means he revised the existing text. This will prove to be an excellent experiment for Whedon, directing someone else's words. I think this will be a major turning point for his detractors as a filmmaker.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING opens wide on June 21, 2013.

Source: Hey U Guys

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3:52PM on 03/08/2013

I think I just had a....

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10:56AM on 03/08/2013
I am huge fan of Josh Whedon and I am a huge fan of Shakespeare. I even like many of the actors in this. But for me this trailer showed very bad delivery of classic lines. There's nothing natural about this at all. really bad acting here, like they just memorized the lines and recited them without feeling them. I have seen many adaptations of Shakepeare put to film. This one has me feeling "meh".
I am huge fan of Josh Whedon and I am a huge fan of Shakespeare. I even like many of the actors in this. But for me this trailer showed very bad delivery of classic lines. There's nothing natural about this at all. really bad acting here, like they just memorized the lines and recited them without feeling them. I have seen many adaptations of Shakepeare put to film. This one has me feeling "meh".
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8:54PM on 03/07/2013
Really digging the visual style here, and it's nice to see Acker and Denisof sharing the screen again. They've got great chemistry.
Really digging the visual style here, and it's nice to see Acker and Denisof sharing the screen again. They've got great chemistry.
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7:25PM on 03/07/2013
It looks good even though I'm not the biggest fan of the Shakesperean dialogue. The cast is terrific.
It looks good even though I'm not the biggest fan of the Shakesperean dialogue. The cast is terrific.
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5:19PM on 03/07/2013
The black-and-white reminds me of old screwball comedies (which borrowed often from Shakespeare). Also exciting because these are some of the most talented actors to mainly be featured in television.
The black-and-white reminds me of old screwball comedies (which borrowed often from Shakespeare). Also exciting because these are some of the most talented actors to mainly be featured in television.
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4:25PM on 03/07/2013

I love Joss. I love this cast. I love their past and current work, both together and individually.

....I just wish I had the patience and understanding of an archaic dialogue enough to be excited for it. For me it seems it may as well be in Chinese, at least then it'd be subtitled.

I'll give it a crack and hopefully the performances will sell me over the dialogue.
....I just wish I had the patience and understanding of an archaic dialogue enough to be excited for it. For me it seems it may as well be in Chinese, at least then it'd be subtitled.

I'll give it a crack and hopefully the performances will sell me over the dialogue.
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3:12PM on 03/07/2013
Duh.
Duh.
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2:48PM on 03/07/2013

Feel weird but i think i'd like this just as much muted

like im not cultured enough to appreciate the dialogue but goddam it's so fucking great to see these people on the screen together....
like im not cultured enough to appreciate the dialogue but goddam it's so fucking great to see these people on the screen together....
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2:44PM on 03/07/2013

Gimme a Hell! Gimme a Yeah!

This looks like a great take on The Bard. Looking forward to this.
This looks like a great take on The Bard. Looking forward to this.
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2:50PM on 03/07/2013
bro beans
bro beans
2:19PM on 03/07/2013

AWESOME

Joss is Boss. I'm there.
Joss is Boss. I'm there.
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