Monday, March 11, 2013

Much Ado About Joss

As a writer, it’s a sin to not love The Bard. And as a geek, it’s practically a sin to not love Joss Whedon. So when the two come together in a ecstatic flurry of familiar faces and famous words it’s kind of exhilarating. Kind of? Give me a break. Really freaking exciting, and that’s probably an understatement. We, the assorted huddled masses, now finally get to see this fusion of Shakespeare and Buffyverse as “Much Ado About Nothing” finally gets a trailer and a release date. The backstory on the film is almost as interesting as the finished product. Shot over 12 days in October 2011 in Joss’ house as his wind-down project from filming “The Avengers” with a slew of Whedon favorites including but not limited to Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, Alexis Denisof, Clark Gregg, Fran Kranz, Tom Lenk, Sean Maher, Reed Diamond and Ashley Johnson (a.k.a. The waitress saved by Captain America).

Now I will say that I wish a few more familiar Whedonverse ladies were in the project. Granted, I know your SMG or Alyson or Elizas are probably too busy/big for it. But I sure wish a Gina Torres or Amber Benson or Summer Glau or Emma Caulfield or Jewel Staite had been there too. But, small quibbles aside, I’m happy to see what seems to be such a genuine and spontaneous project see the light of day (In theaters June 7! Who is going with me?). The original rom-com from the mind and friends of Joss? Count me in.

p.s. Dude, Joss has a really, really, really nice house. Like really. Nice.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Eh, no thanks. How in this day and age anyone can be excused for casting a movie with little to no diversity is beyond me.

Erin O'Riordan said...

I'm not any kind of a Whedonite (please don't hate me 'cause I've never seen a single 'Buffy'), but I've come to love Amy Acker from 'Person of Interest.' (She may be a psycho hacker who wants to free the machine and Skynet up the planet, but when Root almost took that hot iron to Shaw, I totally wanted them to run off to lesbian BDSM paradise together.) Amy Acker will be an epic Beatrice, although it is not easy to follow in Emma Thompson's footsteps. I cannot wait for this.

Mahlers5th said...

Couldn't agree more about Amy Acker in POI; not sold on her as Beatrice -- but won't judge before film is released! Also agree that although it has been 20 years, Emma Thompson still casts a long shadow.

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Anonymous said...

Amy Acker is one of Joss Whedon's favorites. She's been in Angel, Dollhouse, The Cabin in the Woods and now she's the lead here.

She's played so many different characteres so well that I don't doubt she will be great here. Early reviews have been very positive for her.

Taryn

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Sham said...

I saw it as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival and it is an absolute riot. Hits all the right notes, Acker is the very embodiment of Beatrice and she and Alexis Denisof burn the screen up. The supporting cast are out of this world and it made the venn intersection of my Shakespeare Geek self and Whedonite self explode in sheer delight. It's good, is what I'm saying.