Late Tuesday night it was announced that Lionsgate had acquired North American distribution rights to the low budget film version of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” that Joss Whedon filmed last fall and premiered this past weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film was shot over 12 days at Whedon’s own house and was described by critics who saw it at TIFF as “utterly delightful”.
The cast is a who’s who of fan favorite actors from the Whedonverse including: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher, Clark Gregg, and Reed Diamond, or as Choire Sicha puts it: “Wesley, Topher, Angel, Chrissy Seaver, Captain Malcolm Reynolds, Agent Phil Coulson, Detective Mike Kellerman and MORE.” The film was shot immediately after production wrapped on The Avengers and is described as “low-fi” and “The Shakespeare classic comedy with a contemporary spin.”
Whedon released an official statement on the deal saying:
I’m thrilled to be working with my cronies at Lionsgate again, and with The Roadside team. That they all embrace a Shakespearean romance with the same enthusiasm they had for Cabin in the Woods shows that they’re exactly the mad fools we want to be partying – I mean working – with.
No word yet on when the film will actually find its way to theaters.