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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Shakespeare & Joss Whedon


I’m really excited to see Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Joss Whedon.






One of the greatest filmmakers of our times adapting the greatest writer of all time.

It’s a match made in heaven.

The film is coming out June 14 in the UK and June 7 in the US -- and already there is huge buzz for it.

For several years, Joss and his wife Jai hosted readings of Shakespeare’s plays at their home in Los Angeles with various actors and friends.

When Joss was directing The Avengers, there was a break in the production. Did he take a well-deserved break before finishing the film?

No, he invited some of his friends over and shot Much Ado at his house in 12 days! 

He even did the score.

Brilliant!


Joss Whedon with Amy Acker


Who’s in the film?

Amy Acker plays Beatrice. She has worked with Joss on Angel, Dollhouse, and Cabin in the Woods

Alexis Denisof plays Benedick. He worked with Joss on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse and The Avengers.


Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker

Nathan Fillion plays Dogberry. He has worked with Joss several times, most notably as the star of Firefly (and Serenity) and as Captain Hammer (a personal favorite). He’s great as Castle in the TV series of the same name, and from what I’ve read, he’s very funny in this film.


Tom Lenk and Nathan Fillion

Clark Gregg plays Leonato, who is world famous as Agent Phil Coulson in the recent Marvel series of movies (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Thor) that lead up to The Avengers.


Clark Gregg

I’m especially excited to see Clark Gregg in this. Several years ago I happened to meet him a few times. He’s a great guy, and I think the phenomenal success of The Avengers was due in large part to his performance as a human surrounded by superhumans.

From the look of the trailer (see it here on the Shakespeare Solved Youtube channel), the whole cast is excellent, and the adaptation looks fun and funny.

I haven’t read anywhere if this will be the first of more Shakepeare adaptations for Joss and company.

I do hope that he continues with it. He is bringing so much attention to the Bard in a way that doesn’t happen today, and he is expanding the audience for Shakespeare.

As I've written before (here and here), it is very hard to get Shakespeare films made these days, and anyone who has the courage to do it, like Joss Whedon and company, deserves our praise and our support.

Also, hopefully this will inspire other filmmakers and actors to do more Shakespeare. 

As far as I’m concerned, there’s never enough Shakespeare in the world, and it’s exciting to see a refreshing new take on a classic like Much Ado About Nothing.

I hope you go see this film -- and don't wait for DVD or Blu-ray -- go see it in the movie theaters!

Cheers,

David B. Schajer