Bear witness to a hoax of biblical proportions with the new trailer and poster from Lionsgate Premiere's Don Verdean, arriving in theaters and on demand December 11! Join Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Bibb, Will Forte and Danny McBride as they uncover the world's most sacred relics in this hilarious satire. The trailer, courtesy of Fandango, introduces us to the latest colorful characters created by Jared Hess, the director of Napoleon Dynamite & Nacho Libre.
Hired by an ambitious small-town pastor to find sacred relics in the Holy Land, a self-proclaimed Biblical archaeologist comes up short and his attempt to cover up his failure fuels a comic conspiracy. The supporting cast includes Steve Park and Sky Elobar. Jared Hess also produces alongside Brandt Andersen and Dave Hunter. Grindstone Entertainment's Barry Brooker and Stan Wertlieb brought the project to Lionsgate.
Lionsgate acquired Don Verdean just before its debut at the Sundance Film Festival back in January. The studio recently set a December 11 release date for Don Verdean, putting it up against some serious competition. The movie will go head-to-head with In the Heart of the Sea, starring Chris Hemsworth and Tom Holland in wide release, and The Big Short, Bleeding Heart and The Dark Horse in limited release.
Jared Hess, who directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with his wife Jerusha Hess, also directed the comedy movie Masterminds, which was originally set for release this past August, before Relativity Media was forced to pull the release due to its bankruptcy proceedings. Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis and Zach Galifianakis lead an all-star cast in that comedy.
Don Verdean brings Jared Hess back to his beloved indie roots, 11 years after his directorial debut, Napoleon Dynamite, became a box office sensation. The indie comedy, which cost just $400,000 to produce, earned $45 million during the summer of 2004. Will Don Verdean be another big indie hit for Jared Hess? Check out the trailer and poster below, and let us know what you think.