Joss Whedon Delivers ‘Much Ado’ and Good Deeds; World Swoons

Oh.  My.  Word.

As if Joss Whedon wasn’t fantastic enough, he decided to go and make an interpretation of a Shakespeare classic.  Still seeking distribution and ready for festivals, Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing was filmed entirely on his own property and brings back long-time collaborators and acting talent of Nathan Fillion, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher, Clark Gregg, Tom Lenk, and Reed Diamond.  The official press release says it’s going to be in black-and-white and that the original Shakespearean dialogue is “as fresh and as intoxicating as any being written.”

In an interview with EW, Whedon said that his take on Much Ado About Nothing is going to be in the form of a “noir comedy about ‘articulate dolts’ and the ‘weird machinations’ they (and everyone) must go through in order to find genuine, ‘grown-up love'” (collider.com).  Today, pictures from the production were released, and they definitely look noir (and AWESOME):

Lenk as Verges, Fillion as Dogberry
Acker as Beatrice, Morgese as Hero
Denisof as Benedick, Acker as Beatrice

In addition to Much Ado About Nothing, Whedon teamed up with Eliza Dushku to help Ugandans recover and rebuild after the wars in their country through an organization called THRIVE.  Dushku, who is the co-founder of THRIVE, hopes to help Ugandans figure out their lives post-trauma through technology; a charity event called THRIVE-Gulu asked for donations of used cameras and computers to promote this cause.  Whedon said of the project that “the most basic human need is humanity, the most basic need is to have something to thrive for, to have an identity, to be heard … we have to understand that without thriving, there’s no surviving … because if we’re just surviving, if we’re marching towards nothing, it’s a prison march” (examiner.com).

In final Whedon news, all fans of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog can rejoice: the production will officially be aired on the CW network on October 9 at 9 p.m. CST.  The musical will show between the Monday premieres of 90210 and Gossip Girl, and the Wednesday premieres of Supernatural and Arrow.  Prepare for some incredible Horrible-ness on live TV.

My friend who’s visiting us tonight just said, “Joss Whedon can do whatever he wants at this point.  Everything he touches turns to gold.”  And seriously, it’s pretty much true.  Dr. Horrible?  Seen it, loved it.  Supporting Ugandans’ plight?  Keep it up.  And yes, I adored Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson’s version of Much Ado About Nothing ever since I had to watch it for research and practice for my high school’s production of the play.  But somehow I am sure I will love Whedon’s interpretation as well.  Scratch that — I am sure.

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