Despite making a big splash with his 2004 feature debut Napoleon Dynamite, filmmaker Jared Hess has not been seen on the big screen since 2009’s Gentlemen Broncos, with his only other work in the meantime being the animated Napoleon Dynamite animated series. Hess is set to return to theatres later this year, however, with a new film, his first in six years.
Titled Don Verdean, the film is directed by Hess and co-written by Jared and Jerusha Hess, both of whom have worked together on the screenplay for all the films Jared Hess has directed. Sam Rockwell leads the cast this time around, joined by Jermaine Clement, Will Forte, Danny McBride, and Amy Ryan. The film’s synopsis is as follows.
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 »
- Deepayan Sengupta
With his Masterminds currently in release limbo due to the bankruptcy at Relativity, the next film we'll see from Napoleaon Dynamite director Jared Hess will be Don Verdean. Sam Rockwell, Danny McBride, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement and Will Forte star, and the first trailer has just arrived.As you'll have gathered from that, the film sees Rockwell's Biblical archaeologist Don and his sidekick Boaz (Clement) hired by McBride to find the skull of Goliath in Israel. But when Don comes up short, his failure fuels a farcical conspiracy. Sometimes "untruths are necessary for the greater good".Don Verdean premiered at Sundance at the start of this year, and gets a lmited Us theatrical release and an online rollout courtesy of Lionsgate on December 11. There's no UK release date so far. »
Bear witness to a hoax of biblical proportions in the funny new trailer from Lionsgate Premiere’s Don Verdean.
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.
Join Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Bibb, Will Forte and Danny McBride in this hilarious satire from the director of Napoleon Dynamite & Nacho Libre (Jared Hess), arriving in theaters and on demand December 11.
Check out the film on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DonVerdean
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- Michelle McCue
This just in: The Holy Grail of biblical archaeology is the Holy Grail. Now get ready for a hoax of biblical proportions. Here’s the first trailer for Don Verdean, the latest romp from the team behind Napoleon Dynamite. The title character (Sam Rockwell) is an archaeologist renowned for discovering artifacts tied to the Bible. He hooks up with small-town pastor Tony Lazarus (Danny McBride) who funds his trip to Israel in search of Good Book-related relics to bring home… »
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. »
Jared Hess introduced the world to “Napoleon Dynamite” over a decade ago. Now he returns with “Don Verdean," his first film in six years. Sticking with Hess's tradition of absurd and offbeat comedy, this film features his most star-studded cast to date. Sam Rockwell stars as Don Verdean, a biblical archaeologist in search of hidden treasures in the Holy Land. Failing to find the artifacts an American pastor hired him to find, the two are forced to cover up a hoax that’s gaining more attention than they can handle. The film also stars Amy Ryan, Danny McBride and Will Forte. Lionsgate Premiere will release "Don Verdean" in theaters and on demand December 11. Watch the trailer above. Read More: The Indiewire 2015 Fall Preview: The 28 Films We're Most Excited to See (That We Haven't Seen Yet) »
- Jeremy Berkowitz
While we wait to see what Disney does with its never-gonna-get-recast icon Indiana Jones, Napoleon Dynamite duo Jared and Jerusha Hess have mounted their own search for the Holy Grail. Don Verdean stars Sam Rockwell as a Biblical archaeologist who gets caught in the rivalry between two congregations led by Danny McBride and Will Forte. Needless to say, this is a much sillier quest than the one […]
- Angie Han
"Congratulations, your ministry is almost relevant again." Lionsgate has unveiled the first official trailer for Jared Hess new comedy Don Verdean, which premiered at Sundance this year and is about a Biblical archaeologist who digs his way into fraudulent trouble. Sam Rockwell stars as the titular character Don Verdean, also featuring Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement as an Israeli named Boaz, Danny McBride, Will Forte and Leslie Bibb. This is a very kooky, wacky, funky, fun comedy that smears religion and how easy it is to fall for the dream of getting rich. The trailer provides a solid intro to the story and gives a good look at what goes down, so have at it. The film premiered at Sundance, where I gave it a lukewarm review. Enjoy! Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Jared Hess' Don Verdean, direct from Fandango's YouTube: Hired by an ambitious small-town pastor to »
- Alex Billington
Elizabeth Banks will return to direct the next installment in Universal’s musical franchise, “Pitch Perfect 3.” Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow also return as lead cast, with a screenplay from Kay Cannon, who penned the first two. The film is slated to hit theaters Aug. 4, 2017. Paul Brooks will produce yet again via Gold Circle Entertainment alongside Banks and Max Handelman for their Brownstone Productions. Also Read: Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell Comedy 'Mr. Right' Sells to Focus World “Pitch Perfect 2” grossed $286 million worldwide and took the honor of the highest-grossing movie-musical opening of all time, »
- Matt Donnelly
Even though his comedy Masterminds was delayed due to Relativity Media’s bankruptcy struggles, we’ll still see a new film from Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess this year. After premiering at Sundance, Don Verdean, which boasts the great cast of Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement, Danny McBride, and Will Forte, will open in December and the first trailer has landed today.
We said in our review, “Halfway through the film the script begins to go through the motions. Once Verdean makes a surprising decision, the rest of it is followed by an expected narrative. A comedy should be surprising, which, after the first act, Don Verdean is not. While Hess hasn’t made a good films in years, he’s not without his talent. There are some nice visual gags in the movie, especially a locked-off shot of Boaz dancing. This is unquestionably superior to Gentleman Broncos, and »
- Leonard Pearce
Of course, inspiration can come from anywhere, but "Napoleon Dynamite" director Jared Hess surely takes the prize for the most unique story about the genesis of a movie, at least in recent memory. "I read about a few former Satanists who found Christianity and would go around giving seminars at churches about when they were possessed," the director told Kutv earlier this year about "Don Verdean." "It was all very funny; going around giving seminars about the hidden evils and symbols that you could find. I remember my mom wouldn't let me watch He-Man because she said a group of scientists had discovered that there were satanic symbols in Skeletor's lair. She didn't want me to be exposed to that." From that memory, Hess has spun his new movie, which stars Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement, Danny McBride, and Will Forte. The story is a religious satire about a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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 from the filmmaking team (Jared Hess & Jerusha Hess) behind Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre.
Rockwell along with Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Bibb, Stephen Park, Will Forte and Danny McBride star in this hilarious satire of biblical proportions, arriving in theaters and on demand December 11.
Catch the official trailer debut next week on October 27 at 10am Pt // 1pm Et on Fandango.
Check out the film on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DonVerdean
Twitter: twitter.com/lgpremiere #DonVerdean
- Michelle McCue
Lionsgate has released a poster for Don Verdean, the new film from Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre), which stars Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement, Will Forte and Danny McBride; check it out here…
See Also: Watch the first clip from Don Verdean
Don Verdean follows the title character (Sam Rockwell), a Biblical archaeologist hired by the local church pastor to find faith-promoting relics in the Holy Land. After proving unsuccessful in his attempts to find anything of substance, he gets involved in a cover up that ultimately leads to a “comic conspiracy.”
As yet, there’s no word on a release date for Don Verdean, but expect confirmation soon.
- Gary Collinson
Like many of her indie filmmaking colleagues, Lynn Shelton has graduated from mumblecore, and her last picture, "Laggies," even boasted some household names like Keira Knightley and Chloe Moretz. She has spent her time since in the world of television, helming episodes of "Fresh Off The Boat" and "The Mindy Project," but she's got a new project brewing that sounds like it could be her biggest yet. Read More: Interview: Lynn Shelton And Sam Rockwell Talk 'Laggies' Deadline reports that Shelton is slated to direct a feature adaptation based on the "This American Life" broadcast "The Incredible Case Of The P.I. Moms" and Stephen Crooks' book, "The Setup." The premise is pretty out there, and made even more outrageous because it's all true. The movie will tell the story of a detective agency made up of moms that was actually a fame-chasing front for police corruption and drug dealing. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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Our story follows awkward teen Duncan (Liam James) who is spending the summer with his »
- Alex Kuhn
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