If you didn’t get enough of Nathan Fillion in the new trailer for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, a new clip has been released featuring the actor in Joss Whedon‘s Much Ado about Nothing. In the modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s play, Fillion plays Dogberry, a comically incompetent constable who is tasked with uncovering the sinister plot of Don John (Sean Maher). In this clip, Conrade (Riki Lindhome), one of Don John’s followers, calls Dogberry an ass, and the constable responds in a flustered manner. Even though some audiences may have trouble following Shakespeare’s language, there’s no mistaking the hilarity of Fillion’s body language and exaggerated expressions.
Hit the jump to check out the clip, and click here to read my review from TIFF. The film also stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Clark Gregg, Tom Lenk, Ashley Johnson, and Reed Diamond. Much Ado about Nothing opens in limited release on June 7th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Much Ado about Nothing:
Leonato, the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John. Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick and Claudio. While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter Hero, while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice, 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 and Borachio, plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins.
A series of comic and tragic events continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail.