Considering we’re celebrating the birthday (and, poetically, mourning the death) of William Shakespeare this month, it’s only fitting that a new look at an upcoming adaptation of his work has recently arrived. Coming from The Avengers director Joss Whedon, Much Ado About Nothing marks a 180-degree shift in scope and now UK distributors have delivered a new trailer.
We recently saw the the film at South by Southwest and said it’s “an ideal example of a film featuring quality actors that never quite becomes comparable to the sum of its parts, as we learn charm can only go so far.” Starring Whedon’s Avengers actor Clark Gregg and The Cabin in the Woods leads Fran Kranz and Amy Acker, along with many other frequent collaborators (most notably Firefly’s Nathan Fillion), check out the new look below ahead of the summer release.
Leonato, the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John. Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick and Claudio. While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter Hero, while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice, the governor’s niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange 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 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 and Borachio, 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 continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail.
Much Ado About Nothing opens on June 7th, 2013.
Latest posts from The Film Stage