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 a comic conspiracy from the filmmaking team behind Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre.
After making its premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Don Verdean is set to open in US theatres on December 11th, following the Canadian release date of November 27th. The trailer can be seen below.