Joss Whedon Secretly Made a Much Ado About Nothing Adaptation

When Joss Whedon had the time to shoot this adaptation, which was done over 12 days, is anyone’s guess — as, you know, he’s still working on The Avengers. Nathan Fillion tweeted a link to the movie’s apparent site, and Fillion said that the project is “real. Very. Very. Real.

The NY Times has more:

Following a surprise announcement that appeared Sunday night – and, subsequently, many excited blog and Twitter posts from Mr. Whedon’s fan base – the production company Bellwether Pictures said Monday in a news release that the project, filmed in black and white and “entirely on location in exotic Santa Monica,” 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.”

Clark Gregg, an “Avengers” star who will play Leonato, the governor of Messina, in this production of “Much Ado,” said he was as taken aback as anyone by the online response to the film’s announcement.

“Anything Joss does seems to inflame and animate his army of devoted followers,” Mr. Gregg said in a phone interview. “I had no idea anything like this was going to happen. I literally was shooting yesterday afternoon. I didn’t think I was going to wake up to 1,000 emails.”

The film should be completed by next spring and head to the festival circuit after that. Entertainment Weekly has an interview with Whedon about the project. [via ONTD]

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