Post-Avengers, Joss Whedon wanted to do something small, and so he got his friends together and filmed an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. It’s been playing festivals, and it will be at SXSW this week, but it won’t hit theaters until June 21 in a limited release. But now there’s a trailer.

It seems unlikely that Whedon will bring in Marvel fans along with him for his black and white take on Shakespeare, but that’s not the only cult Whedon has sway over. There’s also his Browncoats – those obsessed with the television series Firefly, and those who loved his Buffy the Vampire Slayer and spin-off Angel. And he peppers the cast with some familiar faces from his past work like The Avengers (Clark Gregg) and those previous shows, like Nathan Fillion, Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof. As we said, he made it with his friends. Here’s that trailer:

Much Ado About Nothing played at the Toronto International Film Festival, so we’ve heard early word that Whedon does a good job adapting the bard, even if it does feel like a minor film he did for fun (he shot it at his house, so it’s likely to feel cozy). But we look forward to seeing the film this summer.

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