Joss Whedon’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ gets summer 2013 release date

'The Avengers' director has gone for a contemporary take on the Shakespeare classic

Joss Whedon‘s latest film Much Ado About Nothing has been given a release date.

His movie version of the much-loved Shakespeare play will open in cinemas on June 7, 2013. It was adapted, directed and produced by Whedon, who is best known as the creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and creative force behind The Avengers.

Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing is said to offer a contemporary take on the classic comedy, though it still uses Shakespeare’s original text. Whedon shot the film in black-and-white over just 12 days last year (2011).

The cast features no A-list names, but includes several actors familiar from previous Whedon projects, including Angel‘s Amy Acker, Clark Gregg from The Avengers, and Buffy alumni Alexis Denisof and Tom Lenk.

Meanwhile, Whedon is currently working on a follow-up to this year’s The Avengers. The sequel has been scheduled for release in May 2015 and Whedon has recently hinted that it could be a darker film than the original.