The first trailer debuted last month, giving the world a brilliant first look at Whedon’s upcoming adaptation. And now Kaleidoscope have released the new UK trailer, giving us a terrific new look at the highly anticipated drama/comedy.
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), and 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, their 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 may continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail.
Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker star in the leads as Benedick and Beatrice. And joining them is a slew of Whedon’s frequent collaborators, led by Fran Kranz, Clark Gregg, Sean Maher, Jillian Morgese, Ashley Johnson, Tom Lenk, Reed Diamond, Emma Bates, and (of course) Nathan Fillion.
Whedon is directing from his own script, using the original text from Shakespeare and updating it to a contemporary setting.
Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing is by far the greatest adaptation of Shakespeare’s work I have ever seen, committed to film or otherwise, and I cannot wait to be able to talk about it to everyone. Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to watching it again this June.
Much Ado About Nothing will begin its limited release in the US on June 7th, before opening wide across the country two weeks later on June 21st. And its UK release date falls half-way between, arriving on 14th June. Here’s the terrific new trailer, setting the mood wonderfully. Definitely a must-see film of the year.