Official Trailer for Jared Hess' Kooky Religious Comedy 'Don Verdean'

October 27, 2015
Source: YouTube

Don Verdean Trailer

"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:

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 from the filmmaking team behind Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre. Don Verdean is directed by Jared Hess, from a screenplay by Jared Hess & Jerusha Hess, the duo behind Gentlemen Broncos, Nacho Libre and Napoleon Dynamite. The movie stars Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Bibb, with Will Forte, and Danny McBride. It first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year - read Alex's review. Lionsgate will open Jared Hess' Don Verdean in limited theaters starting December 11th this year.

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments


Like Ancient Aliens, but funnier. Good cast.

Carpola on Oct 27, 2015


Great cast this! I want to believe!!~

DAVIDPD on Oct 27, 2015


Jemaine is simply hilarious. This looks like it can be pretty funny.

Justin R on Oct 27, 2015


It's too bad- Sam Rockwell is incredible, but this looks like more sacreligious schlock to me - an excuse to make fun of the Good Book

Jermain on Oct 28, 2015


It's a comedy and fictional, just like the 'good book'.

ff on Nov 2, 2015


Just like Hobby Lobby is doing with it's Green Collection! Come to find out they've been looting archeological sites and illegally bringing the artifacts into the country.

Bridget Bishop on Oct 28, 2015


Looks great!

ff on Nov 2, 2015

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