Much Ado About Nothing is an independent film made by Joss Whedon and based on the Shakespeare play of the same name. The film is due to be released in 2012. Clark Gregg, who was working with the director on The Avengers at the time, stepped in at very short notice to play the role of Leonato, which was originally intended for Anthony Head who was unavailable. Much Ado About Nothing is the first feature from Bellwether Pictures, a micro-studio created by Whedon and his wife Kai Cole. It was shot entirely on location at Whedon's house in Santa Monica in 12 days. The film was shot in black and white by director of photography Jay Hunter, largely using hand-held cameras. Whedon described the text as "a deconstruction of the idea of love, which is ironic, since the entire production is a love letter _ to the text, to the cast, even to the house it's shot in." The film was produced by Whedon, line-produced by Nathan Kelly and M.
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