Much Ado About Nothing Gala Screening

London’s Apollo Piccadilly cinema was packed last night for a gala screening of writer-director Joss Whedon’s brilliant new film of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (in UK cinemas this Friday, 14 June).

Joss shot the film almost entirely in his own home over 12 days, straight after completing principal photography on the mega-blockbuster Avengers Assemble in summer 2011.

The story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick, Much Ado reunites Josh with many of his long-time collaborators including Amy Acker (Angel, D0llhouse, The Cabin In The Woods), Alexis Denisof (Angel, Avengers), Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Clark Gregg (Avengers).

Joss Whedon tells us about reuniting with Angel stars Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof to make Much Ado About Nothing, which Shakespeare play he’d like to bring to the big screen next, what fans can expect from Avengers 2, whether Robert Downey Jr will return as Iron Man, Samuel L Jackson, and his new TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D:

Amy Acker, Much Ado’s Beatrice, chats about working with Joss Whedon, reuniting with Alexis Denisof after starring together in Angel, her early Shakespeare connection with Joss, and why the world needs to see Joss Whedon’s acting skills in Hamlet:

Alexis Denisof, Much Ado’s Benedick, tells us how working with Joss Whedon on Much Ado compared to working with him on Avengers and Angel, what it’s like for his and Amy Acker’s Angel characters (Fred and Wesley) to finally get a happy ending, and which Shakespeare play he’d like to make next with Joss:

Actor Paul Meston, who plays Friar Francis in the film, chats about how he was cast in Much Ado, what it’s like working with Joss Whedon, and making music:

Tom Hiddleston tells us about what it’s like to be part of Joss Whedon’s world, what his response would be if Joss asked him to film Hamlet, why Shakespeare works so well on screen, and what it’s like making Thor: The Dark World with Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Anthony Head tells us how schedule conflicts meant he missed being part of Much Ado About Nothing, whether we can expect Merlin: The Movie, what it was like playing a centaur in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, and if he’ll return for Percy Jackson: The Titan’s Curse:

Emily Head chats about her new TV pilot, whether her character Carli D’Amato will return for The Inbetweeners movie sequel, why Carli was so horrible to Simon in The Inbetweeners, and jokes about playing Carli’s Australian cousin!

Jonathan Ross tells us why he’s a big fan of Joss Whedon, writing his latest comic books including America’s Got Powers, his new wrestling show pilot for Channel 4, and his wife screenwriter Jane Goldman’s Game of Thrones birthday party: