Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have released the first trailer for Much Ado About Nothing, Joss Whedon’s micro-budget adaptation of the William Shakespeare play, starring a who’s who of the director’s friends and frequent players.
Leonato, the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John. Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick and Claudio. While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter Hero, while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice, the governor’s niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange with Leonato for a 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 and Borachio, 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 continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail.
You’ll recognize Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof as Beatrice and Benedick, Nathan Fillion as Dogberry, Sean Maher as Don John, Reed Diamond as Don Pedro, and Clark Gregg as Leonato. The comedy receives limited release beginning June 7.