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In an exclusive to Indiewire, the Seattle International Film Festival has announced that Joss Whedon's black-and-white modern take on William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" is locked in to open the 39th edition of the event on May 16, with Whedon and the cast in tow. The romantic comedy, which world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has subsequently been picked up by Lionsgate, marks the first film completed by Bellwether Pictures, the micro-budget studio formed by Whedon and his wife, Kai Cole. Read More: Joss Whedon on What 'Much Ado' Has In Common With 'The Avengers' "I could not be happier that the Seattle International Film Festival will be opening this year with 'Much Ado About Nothing,'" said Much Ado star Alexis Denisof, who stars as Benedick in the film. "I grew up in Seattle, and it is where all my dreams of being an actor began. »


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