What do you do when you've just shot a movie destined to be one of the biggest of all time and you've got a few days of vacation ahead? If you're Joss Whedon, you make another movie—in your house.
In late October of last year, Bellwether Pictures, the new indie studio created by Whedon and his wife, Kai Cole, announced the completion of principal photography on a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's comedy "Much Ado About Nothing."
Whedon shot the film over twelve days at his California home, with a cast culled mostly from his previous TV and film projects. "He was doing that purely for the passion of it," explained actor Tom Lenk, "because he loves Shakespeare." Lenk is best known to Whedon fans as the adorably annoying Andrew on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
"Much Ado" was like a secret class reunion for Whedon University graduates. "It was just a bunch of peeps that I was already friends with," said Lenk, "and then the people that I didn’t know were all just really cool."