Surprise, Buffy/Firefly/Avengers/Dollhouse/Dr. Horrible fans! Joss Whedon has been cheating on you. OK, not really, but he was really sneaky and for some reason wrote and directed an entire movie, somehow based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, in secret. That’s according to a website that popped up on Sunday night, which simply announced the “completion of principle photography” and featured the above pic and a cast list that includes Angel/Dollhouse alums Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof, Firefly/Serenity’s Nathan Fillion and Sean Maher, and other Whedonverse and non-Whedonverse actors. “A film by Joss Whedon based on a play,” it says at the bottom of the page.
Whedonites are probably scratching their heads about all this secrecy — is it a rejection of the hype that usually accompanies Joss projects?
Bard buffs, meanwhile, are surely curious as to how a man snorkeling with a martini represents the story of troubled lovers Benedick, Beatrice, Claudio and Hero. I am too. But mostly I’m just humming the play’s song “Sigh No More” and picturing Kenneth Branagh, Robert Sean Leonard, Emma Thompson, Kate Beckinsale and Denzel Washington frolic through Tuscany in Branagh’s 1993 adaptation. Rent/stream it now, people. Guaranteed to improve your week.