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UPDATED: Joss Whedon secret Shakespeare project details announced

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Oh, you didn’t know that Joss Whedon was filming an adaptation of Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING with Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, Tom Lenk, and many, many more stars from the constellation Joss? Well, it turns out no one else did either, but by the grace of @NathanFillion the world now knows and has a cast list and a still picture of someone in a pool doing something. Want more? That’s nice, but no one is talking.

Wait, I tell a lie…apparently Joss Whedon, Amy Acker, and Sean Maher are talking to EW about the project that took just 12 days to complete.

 “Yes, it was super hard, it was a ton of work, and there were moments where I went, “What’s wrongwith me? What am I thinking about? I need to rest!” But I’ve never been so well rested and so well fed as I have on this movie. You know, you make the time, because no one’s going to make it for you. There’s never going to be a good time to do it. You make the time and you make it work if you really, really want it. And I really did.” - Joss Whedon, on making the time to pursue his latest passion project.

“Some of them I hadn’t met at all. And obviously, others I was overjoyed to be able to spend some time with again, like Amy Acker and Nathan — our lives get so busy that we hardly get to see each other. It’s just such a gift to get to come together and work on something we love for him.” – Sean Maher, on re-teaming with some of his old playmates in the name of Joss.

“He basically just said, “We’re not going to tell anyone until we finish.” Luckily since everyone was scrambling to learn their lines and figure out what the heck they were doing, no one really had time. I think it was mostly making sure Nathan didn’t tweet about it. That’s how all news in the world seems to spread.”Amy Acker, on how the secret was kept.

MUCH ADO has been grafted into many eras and mediums over the centuries with former DOCTOR WHO alums David Tennant and Catherine Tate recently taking on the play in a UK stage production set in the 1980’s.

The play centers on two couples, one speechless due to the power of their love, and the other, Benedick and Beatrice, who are entirely chatty about their hatred of love.

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Denisoff and Acker as Benedick and Beatrice. Sean Maher will play Don John, and Clark Gregg will play Leonato

The Whedonized version of MUCH ADO was shot partially in black and white, at Joss Whedon’s house and it was self financed, which means the entire cast was paid with promised roles in AVENGERS 2. Whedon is hoping to get a theatrical release and will have it ready for the festival circuit next year because, according to Whedon, “it sounded like it would be festive”.

By the way if you want to thank someone for MUCH ADO, thank Joss Whedon’s wife Kai, who urged Whedon to cancel their 20th anniversary vacation and make the film instead. Enabling is so romantic.

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