'Much Ado About Nothing' Trailer and Poster

much ado about nothing 2013 trailer
Photo: Lionsgate / Roadside

The course of true love never did run smooth. Lionsgate and Roadside picked up Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing out of Toronto last year where I, unfortunately, was unable to fit it into the schedule. The black-and-white, low budget adaptation of William Shakespeare's play will now hit theaters on June 7 and the first trailer has just dropped.

Whedon and his conspiring cast shot the film in just 12 days using the original text telling the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.

Check out the first Much Ado About Nothing trailer below and just below that I've included the official synopsis, which includes cast members and the characters they play, and the official poster. Thoughts?

Leonato (Clark Gregg), the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro (Reed Diamond) who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John (Sean Maher). Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and Claudio (Fran Kranz). While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato's daughter Hero (Jillian Morgese), while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice (Amy Acker), the governor's niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange with Leonato for a marriage.

In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to trick the two into falling in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, with the help of his allies: Conrade (Riki Lindhome) and Borachio (Spencer Treat Clark), plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins.

A series of comic and tragic events continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail.

Much Ado About Nothing poster
  • Ron Oneal Fresh

    Not sure I like the black & white. I don't know If it's the cinematography or what, but it doesn't look very striking. The actors in it (who I don't like) plus, the vibe of the trailer gives it a TV movie feel.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Chris/ Chris

    Eh. Looks okay. I like Whedon's wit, but I think the whole idea of Shakespeare's dialogue in modern time for comedic value has been done to death.

  • Havatar

    I was lucky enough to see this at TIFF last year and it is a phenomenal little film. Maybe it was just the giddiness of being at my first film festival, and also being an English Major, but I loved the whole thing. You could really get a sense of the camaraderie of all the actors, and the minimalist style is just lovely and works so well. Also, the casting of certain actors in atypical roles worked marvelously.

  • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

    This one interests me. Plus, I do like Shakespeare, so I'll definitely check it out. It's good to see Whedon getting away from The Avengers and other stuff like that, I feel.

  • Jeff

    "HEY U GUYS.CO.UK" ?

  • https://twitter.com/TooMuchHamza Hamza Zain

    Wow, that trailer was actually pretty good. I was already planning on seeing this, but at least now I have an idea of what it's like.

  • Winchester

    Whedon is a Shakespeare nut and always has been. From going back to his days on Buffy and Angel various commentaries and extras on the dvd sets would make reference as to how he would frequently have the casts/crew of his shows then come over to his house and they would basically play out various Shakespeare plays for fun and bonding.

    This utilises many many actors from his catalogue of shows and it's kind of like a filmed version of one of these sessions. I'll catch it because it's Whedon and because it'll be nostalgic to see these actors all working together again (especially the likes of Denisof and Acker whose characters were very involved on Angel when it ran).

    I like he went off and did this between work on The Avengers, though I'm highly looking forward to said The Avengers 2 as well.