Joss Whedon + Shakespeare = Oh Man Just Watch This Trailer
Joss Whedon, you continually impress us. You seem to be both interested in and good at every genre of film. You co-wrote Toy Story, made Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along-Blog, Buffy, last year you came out with Cabin in the Woods (which was completely fantastic), and I believe you had something to do with a little film called The Avengers. That’s action, science fiction, animation, horror, comedy, music, and uh, vampires. And now, to top it all off, you’re writing and directing a rendition of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
Seriously, don’t read anything in this sentence. Go ahead and watch the trailer. We’ll talk about it below when you’re done and you’ve had a moment to process the whole thing.
Alright, done watching?
We’re so pleased to see something with Nathan Fillion in it. It’s good to see Captain Reynolds returning to film, and yes, while we’re sure this role will feature much fewer space escapes and cowboy words, it’s enough to make us happy. Also, is anyone else excited to see a Shakespeare movie where half the actors aren’t pretending to have a British accent? The last time a director brought this play to the big screen (1993), we had to watch Keanu Reeves pretend to be British. It was weird. This feels far more comfortable, less pretentious, but still classy. The cast looks great: Amy Acker, Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson!)—the whole film is an ensemble of people Whedon loves to work with. And if there’s one thing The Avengers has proved it’s that he works well with large casts. Add to all of that some cool jazz, beautiful black and white coloring, and the knowledge that Whedon filmed this (in secret!) over 12 days at his own house simply because it’s been a lifelong passion of his, and I can genuinely say I’m excited to see this film.
Much Ado About Nothing is scheduled to come out June 21st of this year. What did you think of the trailer? Tell us!