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Much Ado About Nothing (2012)

  • Rate: 6.9/10 total 1,133 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 7 June 2013 (USA)
  • Runtime: 107 min
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Much Ado About Nothing (2012)

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  • IMDb page: Much Ado About Nothing (2012)
  • Rate: 6.9/10 total 1,133 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 7 June 2013 (USA)
  • Runtime: 107 min
  • Filming Location: Santa Monica, California, USA
  • Gross: $171,941 (USA) (7 June 2013)
  • Director: Joss Whedon
  • Stars: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Fran Kranz | See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Joss Whedon   
  • Soundtrack: Sigh No More
  • Plot Keyword: Four Word Title | Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing | Based On Play

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • William Shakespeare  play
  • Joss Whedon  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • The movie was filmed in secret, with an announcement that principal photography was completed on October 23rd, 2011.
  • The film was shot in only 12 days while Joss Whedon was working on Marvel’s The Avengers.
  • Many of the actors/actresses have worked previously with Joss Whedon on one or more of his works: Nathan Fillion (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse, The Cabin in the Woods), Ashley Johnson (Dollhouse, The Avengers), Alexis Denisof (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, The Avengers), Clark Gregg (The Avengers), Sean Maher (Firefly), Riki Lindhome (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Fran Kranz (Dollhouse, The Cabin in the Woods), Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, The Cabin in the Woods).
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer alumnus Anthony Head was originally set to play Leonato. However, he had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts and Clark Gregg was brought in to replace him.
  • This movie was filmed at Joss Whedon’s Santa Monica home, which was designed and decorated by Whedon’s wife Kai Cole. Cole suggested Whedon make it in lieu of going on vacation for their 20th anniversary because it had long been his passion project.
  • Joss Whedon wanted to incorporate Steadicams for filming, but was unable to due to timing and budget constraints.
  • In a May 2013 interview, Joss Whedon noted that aside from abridging the text, he stayed completely true to Shakespeare’s original dialogue – except for the Act 2, Scene 3 line in which Benedick says “if I do not / love her, I am a Jew.” It was changed to “if I do not love her, I am a fool.”

Plot: A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words. Full summary » |  »

Story: Leonato (Clark Gregg), the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro (Reed Diamond) who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John (Sean Maher). Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and Claudio (Fran Kranz). While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter Hero (Jillian Morgese), while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice (Amy Acker), 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 (Riki Lindhome) and Borachio (Spencer Treat Clark), plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins. A series of comic… Written by

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Kai Cole known as producer
  • M. Elizabeth Hughes known as line producer
  • Daniel S. Kaminsky known as co-producer
  • Nathan Kelly known as line producer
  • Joss Whedon known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Amy Acker known as Beatrice
  • Alexis Denisof known as Benedick
  • Nathan Fillion known as Dogberry
  • Clark Gregg known as Leonato
  • Reed Diamond known as Don Pedro
  • Fran Kranz known as Claudio
  • Jillian Morgese known as Hero
  • Sean Maher known as Don John
  • Spencer Treat Clark known as Borachio
  • Riki Lindhome known as Conrade
  • Ashley Johnson known as Margaret
  • Emma Bates known as Ursula
  • Tom Lenk known as Verges
  • Nick Kocher known as First Watchman
  • Brian McElhaney known as Second Watchman
  • Joshua Zar known as Leonato's Aide
  • Paul Meston known as Friar Francis
  • Romy Rosemont known as The Sexton
  • Elsa Guillet-Chapuis known as The Photographer
  • Sara Blindauer
  • Brett Ryan Bonowicz
  • Silas Briton known as Wake
  • Kelsey Darragh
  • Brandon Elonzae
  • Elsi Eng
  • Chris English
  • Peter Frederiksen known as Waiter
  • Ashley Friedlander known as Wedding Guest
  • Drea Garcia known as Wedding Guest
  • Anna Grimm
  • Gudni Kristjansson known as Wake Guest
  • Sean Parks
  • Noelle Piche
  • Jessie Sherman
  • Stacy Shirk
  • Adam James Shirley
  • Kimberly Tien
  • Ricky Titus
  • Natalie Whittle
  • Malika Williams
  • Amanda Marlon known as Wake Guest (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Jessyca Clendenin known as hair department head
  • Jenna Tucker known as makeup department head

Art Department:

  • Joseph Carnegie known as art production assistant
  • Alicia Teele known as art production assistant




Production Companies:

  • Bellwether Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Soundelux  post-production sound services
  • Todd-AO Studios  post-production sound services


  • Lionsgate (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Canibal Networks (2013) (Mexico) (all media)
  • Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment (2012) (UK) (all media)
  • Roadside Attractions (2013) (USA) (all media)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:

  • David Cole known as digital colourist
  • Amanda Morrison known as senior compositor

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and brief drug use



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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