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Was Joss Whedon’s adaptation of the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing a little more lightweight than you like from the Bard?

If so, the massive Sam Mendes-produced project The Hollow Crown might be what you’re looking for. The BBC series adapts four Shakespeare plays,¬†”Richard II,” “Henry IV Part 1″ and “Part 2,” and “Henry V,”¬†with Tom Hiddleston, Patrick Stewart, Jeremy Irons and Ben Whishaw in primary roles. When I say “massive,” I mean it, too: this sucker runs over 500 minutes.

The word “epic” is abused with respect to stories of late, but I think it applies here with no doubt. Check out a trailer below. Read More »

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