Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing Trailer

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After what seems like an interminable wait, we finally, finally have a trailer for Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing.  The adaptation was filmed at Whedon’s house, inspired by parties at which he would have his friends do readings of Shakespeare plays.  I first heard about it ages — it really had to have been years — ago, and I wanted it immediately.

The film is in black and white, set in the modern era, but it sticks to Shakespeare’s original language.  It debuted at the Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews.  The lit nerd in me is totally freaking out.  Much Ado is my favorite Shakespeare play: it’s the original romantic comedy.

I can’t wait to find out how Whedon handles the trickier bits of the script.  Although the love story of Claudio and Hero is a necessary contrast to that of Beatrice and Benedick’s, it’s kind of boring (even if that is the point).   I really want to see the brilliant Whedon’s take on the story’s central conflict — Hero’s supposed betrayal of Claudio — given that the extremes to which Claudio takes it don’t really fit with modern sensibilities.

Also, Nathan Fillion as Dogberry.  That would have my ticket alone, despite the fact that I’ve never found the character that funny, even when Bill Murray played him.  The cast is rounded out by a ton of other Whedon luminaries: Amy Acker as Beatrice, Alexis Denisof as Benedick, Clark Gregg as Leonato, Fran Kranz as Claudio, and Reed Diamond as Don Pedro.

Much Ado About Nothing is due out in theaters June 7.  Lucky attendees of SXSW will get to see it there this weekend.  Watch the trailer right here:

Are you as excited as I am?  Already planning your trip to find a theater that will actually show it?  Or do you think you’ll give this one a pass?  Let us know in the comments below.