"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon has understandably had a lot on his plate lately, what with directing Marvel's "The Avengers" and overseeing a new "season" of "Buffy" comics.
But that doesn't mean he isn't able to squeeze in something like, oh, adapting one of the most famous works of William Shakespeare into a feature length movie.
A website for the fan favorite director's version of "Much Ado About Nothing" was launched on Sunday, with a cast of actors from many of his cult classic TV series.
Nathan Fillion – currently starring as "Castle" on ABC's hit series, but previously known for Whedon's "Firefly" and "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" – will co-star as the comical character of Dogberry.
Joining him will be romantic leads Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker (Benedick and Beatrice), who were one of the favorite couples from another of Whedon's series, "Angel."
Reed Diamond ("Homicide: Life on the Street," "Journeyman") will play Don Pedro, while "Dollhouse's" Fran Kranz and "Firefly's" Sean Maher will take on the roles of Claudio and Don John, respectively.
Thus far, little is known about Whedon's "modern version" of the Shakespeare classic (shot with no advance publicity, over 12 days in Santa Monica), other than that it is in "glorious black and white," according to the press release, and that "The film should be completed by early spring and headed for the festival circuit, because it is fancy."
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Matthew JW was also a writer on some of the early episodes of Roseanne! Go figure! I kind of wonder where he came up with Reed Diamond in this. He was really good in the Homicide: Life on the Streets but in this? And where is Adam Baldwin in the mix? No Jayne?
Where I'm really happy to see Nathan Fillion doing something like this, not so with Joss. At least, well I hope, Joss wont be able to introduce all the lesbian bashing into Shakespeare like he did the Buffy series.
Lesbian bashing: you're kidding, right??!! I know at least two lesbian friends who loved the portrayal of Willow and Tara's relationship in Buffy, saying it was tastefully and sympathetically done!! But having said that, Whedon DOES seem to love breaking up happy couples or parting them tragically (SPOILER ALERT) – watch his shows and see the pattern I mean. It's so clear it, became a Joss Whedon cliche. Kill Tara! Kill Wash! Kill Wesley and Fred! Break up Angel and Buffy! Kill the companion Mal Reynolds fell for, breaking Inara's heart! Kill Penny during... Ah, you'll have to watch it yourself.
Shiny! I can't wait!
It's good to see these guys not afraid of being themselves anymore and coming out of the closet. Bravo.
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