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Joss Whedon‘s Avengers follow-up looks to be considerably cheaper.
The director’s take on William Shakespeare‘s class comedy of romantic misunderstandings, Much Ado About Nothing, was filmed over just 12 days at his home in Santa Monica. And though details on the project have been few and far between — it wasn’t even announced until after production had wrapped — a clearer picture is coming together ahead of its official premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
The black-and-white adaptation has released several new stills (via The Film Stage), and, in a move that will surely satisfy fans of Whedon’s body of work, the actors highlighted are all almost all from his previous projects.
An ill-fated on-screen couple from Angel (Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker) appear in one as Beatrice and Benedick, while former Buffy the Vampire Slayer foes Nathan Fillion and Tom Lenk give a partly mustachioed update to Dogberry and Verges in another.
Other Whedon loyalists in the project include Fran Kranz (Dollhouse), Clark Gregg (Avengers) and Sean Maher (Firefly).
Maher spoke with The Hollywood Reporter when news broke of the project, noting the on-set secrecy wasn’t an issue.
“Everybody on the set loved him so much and wanted to be there, so nobody leaked or talked,” he said. “Everyone on this project has the utmost loyalty to [Whedon].”
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