Much Ado About Nothing

June 7th 2013
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • PG-13,
  • 107 min,
  • Lionsgate
  • Cast: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Clark Gregg, Reed Diamond, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher, Spencer Treat Clark, Riki Lindhome, Tom Lenk, Ashley Johnson, Emma Bates, Joshua Zar, Nick Kocher, Brian McElhaney, Paul Meston, Romy Rosemont, Elsa Guillet-Chapuis, Sara Blindauer
  • Director: Joss Whedon
  • Writers: William Shakespeare, Joss Whedon
  • Producers: Kai Cole, Joss Whedon
  • Co Producer: Daniel S. Kaminsky
  • Costume Design: Shawna Trpcic
  • D.O.P.: Jay Hunter
  • Editors: Daniel S. Kaminsky, Joss Whedon
  • Makeup: Jenna Tucker
  • Music: Joss Whedon
  • Production Designs: Cindy Chao, Michele Yu


"Much Ado About Nothing" is a modern version of Shakespeare's classic comedy adapted and directed by Joss Whedon. Filmed in just 12 days entirely on location in exotic Santa Monica, the film features a stellar cast of beloved (or soon to be beloved) actors - some of them veterans of Shakespearean theater, some completely new to the form. But all dedicated to the idea that this story bears retelling, that this dialogue is as fresh and intoxicating as any being 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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Santa Monica, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Some sexuality and brief drug use
  • Production Companies: Bellwether Pictures
  • Production Schedule: October 9th 2011 - October 23rd 2011

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2013 Guide Analysis: "Joss Whedon's adaptation of the famed Shakespeare play is famous for being the micro-budget indie side project the filmmaker took on whilst in the midst of post-production down time on Marvel's mega-budget "The Avengers." Filmed entirely in black-and-white over 12 days at Whedon's residence in Santa Monica, Whedon and his wife produced and shot the film with the help of cinematographer Jay Hunter.

The entire production was kept top-secret. No one knew about it, outside those involved, until the film was actually complete. Mostly made up of cast members from the various television shows he's produced over the years like "Buffy," "Angel," "Firefly" and "Dollhouse," one other regular alum was scheduled to take part - Anthony Head. When Head couldn't make it, "The Avengers" actor Clark Gregg stepped up to fill in the role. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions quickly snapped up the film after its Toronto Film Festival premiere for a joint theatrical release this coming Summer.

Reviews from the fest paint it as a contemporary set adaptation that stays loyal to the text. Whedon's regular cohorts though are often known for their impeccable comedic timing and skills, and this one uses them all to take one of the Bard's most famous comedies and turn it into an often hilarious crowd pleaser. One review says: "more than most adaptations, this is a film true to Shakespeare's practice of employing all means at hand to keep the crowd entertained." I expect this will be loads of fun, and not just for the Browncoats."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 14 June 2013: Ireland, UK
  • 5 July 2013: Brazil