The course of true love never did run smooth. Lionsgate and Roadside picked up Joss Whedon‘s Much Ado About Nothing out of Toronto last year where I, unfortunately, was unable to fit it into the schedule. The black-and-white, low budget adaptation of William Shakespeare‘s play will now hit theaters on June 7 and the first trailer has just dropped.
Whedon and his conspiring cast shot the film in just 12 days using the original text telling the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.
Check out the first Much Ado About Nothing trailer below and just below that I’ve included the official synopsis, which includes cast members and the characters they play, and the official poster. Thoughts?
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), while 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 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 (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 continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail.