Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing – first trailer

Is it us, or does the Avengers Assemble director's black-and-white Shakespeare adaptation have a bit of an "advert for Pizza Express" vibe?

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There is much partying, drinking and sparring in the trailer for Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing.

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The cult director is set to release his reimagining of the classic tragi-comic romance in June. Starring Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion and Clark Gregg, Whedon’s Shakespeare adaptation is set in the modern day but has stuck to the Bard’s original dialogue and is filmed almost entirely in black and white. 

Shakespeare’s story follows two very different pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice and Claudio and Hero, and the dramas and misunderstandings that thwart their relationships.

The Avengers Assemble director, who is also known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Cabin in the Woods, has veered away from the norm by trying his hand at a Shakespeare adaptation. Whedon’s low-budget retelling was shot in just 12 days at his own home in Santa Monica after filming had wrapped on Avengers Assemble.

The film went down a storm at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, but the trailer’s black and white clinking wine glasses and twinkly uptempo jazz is making us think about upmarket pizza chains… What do you think?

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Much Ado About Nothing is in UK cinemas from 14 June