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Joss Whedon Secretly Directed ‘Much Ado About Nothing?’

The new Shakespeare adaptation is apparently real, and co-stars Nathan Fillion, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof and Clark Gregg.

Despite being a fanboy celebrity, whose every creative endeavor is scrutinized with ridiculous fervor, Joss Whedon is apparently fully capable of directing an entire movie without anyone knowing about it. That movie, according to Nathan Fillion and Bellwether Pictures, is Much Ado About Nothing. "Based on a play," its poster quips in a very, very Whedonesque fashion.

Nathan Fillion tweeted about the project last night, a movie in which he co-stars along with fellow Whedon regulars Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof. Joining them will be Whedon's new Avengers cohort Clark Gregg, aka SHIELD Agent Coulson.

Fillion's tweets consisted of the following:

"muchadothemovie.com"

"Oh, it's real. Very. Very. Real. muchadothemovie.com"

"Alright, here's everything I know about muchadothemovie.com — Server error."

The website leads to a poster image (below) of a dude in a pool wearing a snorkel and holding a martini. You know, just like in the play!
 


Whedon eventually followed up with a proper press release at Deadline which explained away some of the mysteries. It turns out the film was adapted and directed by Whedon, from Shakespeare's play (obviously) and shot in a scant 12 days, "entirely on location in exotic Santa Monica." Bellwether Films was founded by Whedon and his wife, Kai Cole, with the intention of creative small, independent motion pictures "embracing a DIY ethos and newer technologies for, in this particular case, a somewhat older story." 

Casting goes as follows: Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof play unlikely lovers Beatrice and Benedick, Nathan Fillion plays the fool Dogberry, Clark Gregg plays Leonato, Fran Kranz plays Claudio and Dollhouse's Reed Diamond plays the villainous Don Pedro. Much Ado About Nothing is expected to hit the festival circuit next year because, as Whedon quips, "it is fancy."

CraveOnline will be back with more Much Ado About Nothing news, and we'll be sure to make a big thing of it.