Danny McBride and Jody Hill are set to complete what McBride has referred to as their “misunderstood angry man trilogy” for HBO with their new series, The Righteous Gemstones. Set to be directed by McBride, it will tell the story of a world famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed, and charitable work in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Earlier this year, McBride revealed he and Hill were at work on developing a new series for HBO, but until now little had been known about the project. In addition to directing, McBride is set to play the series lead, Jesse Gemstone, the head of the televangelist group, and one of three Gemstone siblings. Edi Patterson (The Last O.G., Vice Principals) is set to join the cast as Jesse’s sister, Judy Gemstone. While no additional cast has been set, it’s likely that McBride might turn to some more of his frequent collaborating partners to fill out series leads. HBO has ordered a half-hour pilot episode that is set to be shot in Charleston, South Carolina this July.
McBride and Hill have previously worked together for HBO on Eastbound & Down and, most recently, Vice Principals. In January, McBride told Rolling Stone that this new series was “very much inspired by British comedy and Seventies cinema, these character pieces where they wouldn’t wrap themselves up in neat bows – like the ending of Five Easy Pieces.” No timetable has been set for the release of the series.