Seen any romantic comedy with two squabbling leads lately? Then you have William Shakespeare and his play, “Much Ado About Nothing,” to thank.
And director Joss Whedon’s take on the play – modern dress and setting, but original language and in black-and-white – recently got a new trailer, which debuted in the UK.
The film stars Alexis Denisof as playboy Benedick and Amy Acker as stubborn Beatrice. The two argue whenever they see each other until their friends hatch a plot to get them together. Actor Fran Kanz plays Benedick’s friend Claudio and Jillian Morgese is Hero, whose engagement to Claudio goes smoothly until bitter Don John (Sean Maher) interferes.
The cast is full of Whedon regulars and arguably the most recognizable name in it is actor Nathan Fillion, who will be portraying bumbling constable Dogberry. "Ado" has already played at several festivals and received positive reviews.
The trailer includes glimpses of Denisof and Acker each overhearing their friends discuss the love each supposedly has for the other (Acker is so startled she drops a basket of laundry and falls down a flight of stairs), the wedding where Claudio jilts Hero in the most public way possible, and the ultimate happy resolution to both relationships.
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