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This is news worthy of much ado: Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" will finally hit theaters June 7, 2013.

The "Avengers" writer-director's contemporary adaptation of the Shakespeare comedy was picked up by Lionsgate-Roadside Attractions after its favorably reviewed debut at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival.

Shot in just 12 days at Whedon's home, the black-and-white film stars a stable of actors from the creative heavyweight's virtual repertory, including Amy Acker ("Angel"), Alexis Denisof ("Angel" and the husband of his "Buffy" costar Alyson Hannigan), Nathan Fillion ("Firefly"), Fran Kranz ("Dollhouse" and "Cabin in the Woods" standout), Clark Gregg (reprising his "Avengers" role in "S.H.I.E.L.D."), Sean Maher ("Firefly"), Reed Diamond ("Dollhouse") and newcomers Jillian Morgese and Spencer Treat Clark.

"Ado" uses the Bard's original text, replete with clever quips that -- despite their age -- seem perfectly natural for a Whedon production. For example: "You are thought here to be the most senseless »

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