What do you do when you wrap filming on the most anticipated movie of 2012, but you haven’t yet finished post-production on it? Shoot another movie … in 12 days.
Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, has been busy working on The Avengers for Marvel, but it appears he had enough time off to do some work on a pet project of his own. It would seem he snuck off for a few days with a few of his old crew from various TV shows and shot a contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
Apparently this is the first project out of a new venture Whedon has formed a new studio called Bellwether Films with someone named Kai Cole. They are referring to it as a “micro-studio” that will focus on making smaller productions. Judging by the fact that no one knew this was filming, and it shot in only 12 days, that seems to definitely qualify as “micro” to me.
The cast has some very familiar names amongst them, and also appears to have very much kept it in the family with only one actor he had not worked with previously.
- Amy Acker is Beatrice (she played “Fred” in Angel)
- Alexis Denisof is Benedick (He played Wesley in Buffy and Angel)
- Nathan Fillion is Dogberry (He appeared as “Caleb” in Buffy, “Capt. Mal” in Firefly and “Hammer” in Dr. Horrible)
- Clark Gregg is Leonato (he appears in The Avengers as Agent Phil Coulson)
- Fran Kranz is Claudio (he appeared in Cabin in the Woods)
- Reed Diamong is Don Pedro
It is known amongst Whedon fans that he has a tendency to gather his actors at his house on Sundays for dramatic readings, including the works of Shakespeare, so it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that this was born out of that.
Right now it is planned that the film will hit the festival circuit next year.
While it is certainly an intriguing concept, and something I’d love to see, I’d love to know how he got away from his duites in The Avengers to do it.
[Thanks to Jo for the tip]