After the totally cool and intriguing first trailer for Joss Whedon’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, some viewers may not even require another pre-release sneak peek. But that’s where the magic of editing comes in. Today, the UK trailer for the film debuted, and it strikes a sharp, classical contrast to the jazzier approach of the US teaser.
If you’re not familiar with the story, Much Ado About Nothing follows two different couples with opposite perspectives on love. For Benedick and Beatrice (Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker), love is contemptible, and they happily engage in a battle of wits over its merits; for starstruck Claudio and Hero (Fran Kanz and Jillian Morgese), it’s a powerful, magnetic emotion.
Eventually, events come to a head courtesy of the villainous Don John (Sean Maher): the malcontent prince devises a scheme to meddle with the quartet of lovers, and through his trickery each of them is forced to re-examine their outlooks and decide how they feel about their respective paramours.
This second trailer puts more emphasis on Claudio and Hero, and features Don John himself much more prominently while showing off less of fan favorite actors like Clark Gregg (here playing Leonato, Hero’s father) and Nathan Fillion (playing Dogberry, the constable who uncovers Don John’s plot). Not much of the footage here is totally new, but the timbre is; this plays with a more severe tone, and “feels” a lot more theatrical as a result. But it’s still exciting and compelling, and both trailers suggest that Whedon may have hit this one right out of the park.
As the Bard goes, Much Ado About Nothing is fairly light on the page, in the same vein as Twelfth Night and As You Like It. But in between its humor, wit, and romance, the story contains its share of darkness as well. Seeing Whedon take on this sort of material should be interesting, to say the least. After all, he does have a reputation for writing strong, independent female characters and confronting gender politics head-on in his work. Even today there’s a question of whether Much Ado About Nothing satirizes or advocates the notion that women should accept male infidelity; knowing Whedon, he’ll go with “satirizes,” and either way the results should be entertaining.
Much Ado About Nothing hits theaters in just over a month - thanks to Lionsgate. Are you anticipating Whedon’s interpretation of Shakespeare as much as we are, Screen Ranters?
Much Ado About Nothing arrives in the US on June 7th and in the UK on June 14th.