If you thought Shakespeare didn’t exist outside of your high school English class, think again (and maybe get some counseling). Good ole Willy is making a comeback. And if you thought Joss Whedon could only make superhero movies and underrated sci-fi TV series, you should think again, again. Shakespeare and Whedon are coming together to blow your mind in the new trailer for Much Ado About Nothing.
Shakespeare’s romantic comedy about — what else? — mistaken identity, which was famously adapted by Kenneth Branagh in the ’90s. The new version is a contemporary take on the story which casts a who’s who of Joss Whedon actors (Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, etc.).
Watch the trailer below, and then we’ll talk about the various stages of emotion you probably went through while watching.
Now that you’ve seen it, I’ll let you take a peek inside my head while I watched. Here’s a list of what ran through my mind:
1.) Black and white cinematography? Classy jazz music? Is this a sequel to The Artist?! Jean Dujardin, how I’ve missed you so.
2.) Wait, they’re talking. It’s a talkie. How do they expect to win Best Picture with a talkie? Crazy people.
3.) Ooh, they don’t just talk. They talk fancy.
4.) “A film by Joss Whedon”… the guy who co-wrote Toy Story? Sweet!
5.) Oh, I see, it’s Shakespeare. I guess I’ll have to go re-read the margin comments on my old college essays.
6.) Where’s Emma Thompson?!
7.) Why are they using the SMASH font? Shakespeare should have nothing to do with SMASH.
8.) For the love of God, someone tell me where Emma Thompson is!
9.) I need to see this movie right now.
I didn’t think any contemporary Shakespeare adaptation would thrill me more than Baz Luhrmann’s version of Romeo and Juliet, starring Claire Danes’ trembling chin and Leonardo DiCaprio’s unbuttoned Hawaiian shirt. But this trailer makes me want to get together with a bunch of really stylish, attractive people, drink martinis, and use “thou” and “cuckold” until we lose our voices. And in the middle we can throw out the one person who thinks “wherefore” means “where.” Be gone, imposter!
The movie’s due out in June, so that gives you some time to brush up on your iambic pentameter.