‘Much Ado About Nothing’ to Open Seattle Film Festival

Modernized version of Shakespeare comedy premiered in Toronto

Joss Whedon’sMuch Ado About Nothing”  adaptation will be the Seattle International Film Festival’s opening night film on May 16.

Whedon is scheduled to attend, along with stars Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg.

Lionsgate  acquired North American distribution rights to “Much Ado About Nothing” following its premiere in September at the Toronto Film Fest. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have set a June 7 release for New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, followed by an expansion on June 21.

Whedon’s version of the Shakespeare comedy, with a contemporary spin, also stars  Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher and Reed Diamond.

Kai Cole and Whedon produced “Much Ago” through Bellwether Pictures, with Daniel Kaminsky as co-producer. The film was shot in 12 days, using the original text, after Whedon completed principal photography for Marvel’s “The Avengers” and was contractually obligated to take time off before continuing with post-production.

The film also marks Whedon’s debut as a cinematic composer.

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