Much Ado About Nothing
Opening Friday, June 21
At A Glance: A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.
Shakespeare’s classic comedy gets a contemporary spin in this adaptation by director Joss Whedon (THE AVENGERS, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER). Shot secretly in just 12 days in Whedon’s own home and backyard, this modern-day MUCH ADO uses the original text to tell the dark, sexy and occasionally absurd story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick.
Leonato (Clark Gregg), the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro (Reed Diamond). Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and Claudio (Fran Kranz). While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter Hero (Jillian Morgese), while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice (Amy Acker), the governor’s niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to negotiate with Leonato for a marriage.
In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, attempts to trick Benedick and Beatrice into falling in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John (Sean Maher) plots against the happy couple to try to destroy the marriage before it begins. A series of comic and tragic events may keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again…perhaps love will prevail.
Rated PG-13/1hr 43min/2013/Comedy-Drama-Romance