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 — with an eye on boosting attendance at his flagging church. “It will be like a Holy Land in the good ol’ U.S. of A. — where it belongs,” says the clergyman’s wife (Leslie Bibb). “Not over there.” So Verdean and his team set out to find the skull of Goliath. Yes, that Goliath. But the mission is tricky, and the next one’s even trickier. When it doesn’t go well, neither does the cover-up.
Jared Hess directs Dan Verdean, which he co-wrote with wife and Napoleon Dynamite (and Nacho Libre) collaborator Jerusha Hess. The cast also includes Amy Ryan, Jermaine Clement and Will Forte as a rival pastor. Brandt Andersen, David Hunter, Jason Hatfield and Hess produced the pic, which premiered at Sundance in January. Lionsgate opens it day-and-date on December 11 via its Lionsgate Premiere. Have a look and tell us what you think.