During the production of The Avengers, director Joss Whedon spent 12-days shooting his adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing in his backyard, and now the black and white feature is scheduled to arrive in theaters on June 14, 2013.
Leonato, the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John. Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick and Claudio. While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter Hero, while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice, the governor’s niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange with Leonato for a marriage.
In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to trick the two into falling in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, with the help of his allies: Conrade and Borachio, plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins.
A series of comic and tragic events continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail.
The movie stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Clark Gregg, Reed Diamond, Fran Kranz, Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher, Spencer Treat Clark, Ricki Lindhome, Tom Lenk, and Ashley Johnson.