Watch the trailer for Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing"

The contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy stars Whedon favorites Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof

Published March 7, 2013 9:57PM (EST)

Whedonites, rejoice: the trailer for Joss Whedon's adaptation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" has just been released. It has everything: sex, dishonesty, devotion, deception. Or, at least, that's what it says in the trailer's titles.

Set in a contemporary California residence (actually, Whedon's -- he shot the film over 12 days at his house in Santa Monica), the film tells the story of fiercely independent Beatrice (Amy Acker, "Alias") and perennial bachelor Benedick (Alexis Denisof, "Angel"), longtime verbal sparring partners who ultimately become lovers.

Shot in black-and-white, the trailer shows the two trading witty barbs and smoldering looks as smooth jazz plays in the background. Shakespeare purists might take umbrage with some of it -- for instance, I'm pretty sure the original did not call for the presence of semi-nude trapeze artists  -- but it looks quirky and sexy and, above all else, unmistakably Whedonesque. So take that, Kenneth Branagh. The film is set for release June 7.

By Ej Dickson

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