SIFF sells out opening night in record time

Just hours after announcing that "Avengers" director and cult favorite Joss Whedon would personally attend Seattle International Film Festival's (SIFF) annual Opening Night Gala, the festival announced that the show had already sold out. 

According to SIFF, the premiere, which will show Whedon's take on "Much Ado About Nothing" and feature appearances by cast members including Nathan Fillion and Amy Acker, packed the house in record time; it took just six hours after the announcement was made and tickets went on sale for fans of Whedon's to snap them up. 

"This is a great triumph for us as an organization, for the Seattle film-going community, and of course, for the 'Whedonverse' at large," stated SIFF Artistic and Co-Director Carl Spence in a press release.

The success of the opening is being attributed largely to Joss Whedon's star power among die-hard fans, who are known for their dedication to his many projects, including "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Firefly."

"Much Ado About Nothing" will hit theaters nationwide on June 7.