Joss Whedon speaks out about his ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

His Shakespeare movie is 'a deconstruction of the idea of love'

Joss Whedon has revealed more about his new indie production of Much Ado About Nothing.

It emerged on Monday (October 24) that the director of The Avengers had made a version of the Shakespeare comedy entirely in secret, with a cast of some of his closest collaborators.

Now, Whedon has opened up, according to Deadline. He said in a statement:

The text to me is a deconstruction of the idea of love which is ironic, since the entire production is a love letter, to the the text, to the cast, even to the house it’s shot in.

The movie has been made by Bellweather Films, a micro-studio hatched by Whedon and Kai Cole to make small pictured devoted to “embracing a DIY ethos and newer technologies for, in this particular case, a somewhat older story”. Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing is a black and white, modern-day adaptation of the Shakespeare classic, shot in 12 days “entirely on location in exotic Santa Monica”.

He said that he expects the film to hit the festival circuit next year, “because it is fancy”. Talking about its low budget, he added that the cast were “all dedicated to the idea that this story bears retelling, that this dialogue is as fresh and intoxicating as any written, and that the joy of working on a passion project surrounded by dear friends, admired colleagues and an atmosphere of unabashed rapture far outweighs their hilariously miniature paychecks”.

The film stars Amy Acker and Aelxis Denisof as Beatrice and Benedick, two unlikely lovers as they begin their inevitable journey towards love. Natha Fillion plays Dogberry, Franz Kranz plays Cluadio and Reed Diamong is Don Pedro.