Much Ado About Nothing is a different kind of movie. While the film is certified fresh at Rotten Tomatoes, there’s not much as far as contemporary dialogue. The only thing modern in the movie is that there are cars and cell phones. But the dialogue is all Shakespearean English.
Give credit to director Joss Whedon, who shot the film on location at his house for 12 days according to Roadside Attractions.
Whedon has put together an ensemble of actors for this black and white film, all of which have worked with him in the past: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Reed Diamond, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher, and introduces Jillian Morgese in the role of Hero. Morgese auditioned after Whedon approached her while she was an extra on the set of The Avengers.
If you are familiar with the play, then you know that the film focuses on Beatrice and Benedict–played superbly by Acker and Denisof.
Entertainment Weekly reported yesterday as to how a YouTube comedy duo from New York ended up joining the cast. In addition to the usual Whedonverse suspects, Brian McElhaney and Nick Kocher of BriTANicK are in the cast playing the characters First Watchman and Second Watchman.