Joss Whedon makes Shakespeare movie in secret

'The Avengers' director has recently wrapped on 'Much Ado About Nothing'

Joss Whedon has completed a Shakespeare adaptation entirely in secret.

The director of The Avengers and creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer recently wrapped a movie version of the comedy Much Ado About Nothing.

News first broke of the film last night (October 23) with the launch of a website, which announced that the film, “based on a play”, had been in production for Bellwether Pictures. The site features a single photo of a man in what appears to be a lake wearing scuba gear and holding a martini glass.

Much Ado About Nothing unites various of Whedon’s past collaborators from his shows Buffy, Angel and Firefly in the cast, including Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher, Tom Lenk and Amy Acker.

Maher wrote on his Twitter feed: “Surprise! We just wrapped today… I promise you it’s the real deal and we’re VERY excited about it.” Fillion added: “Oh, it’s real. Very. Very. Real.” Whedon himself has yet to speak out about making the film.

Much Ado About Nothing is about the trials that face two pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice who constantly declare their love, and the painfully shy Claudio and Hero. It was last adapted for the screen in 1993 by Kenneth Branagh.