While the Coen Brothers’ 1998 comedy, The Big Lebowski, has enough of a cultish aura to sustain itself for posterity, John Turturro’s minor (albeit memorable,) character, Jesus Quintana, has achieved a meme-inspiring reverence in his own right. However, to the surprise of just about everyone, a follow-up project surfaced in 2016, set to manifest as an indie dramedy written and directed by star Turturro himself.
The Jesus Rolls is the christened (slight pun intended) official title of said spinoff/sequel (previously titled Going Places), which, intriguingly, is a remake of a 1974 French comedy, recontextualized to focus on Turturro’s return as uber-passionate bowling enthusiast Jesus. While the Coens were not involved with the project, the film is confirmed to be the long-in-the-making spinoff that – after 22 years – returns fans to the White-Russian-fueled world in which Jeff Bridges’s The Dude inhabited.
The Jesus Rolls Trailers
The first full trailer for Big Lebowski sequel (of sorts) The Jesus Rolls has, at long last, taken the wheel, revealing the film as a wickedly raucous road trip. It was preceded by a teaser trailer, which can be seen just below it.
The Jesus Rolls Release Date
The Jesus Rolls is now scheduled for a day-and-date release, hitting theaters and on-demand on Friday, March 6.
The Jesus Rolls Story
Here’s the official synopsis for The Big Lebowski sequel The Jesus Rolls:
“[The Jesus Rolls] follows a trio of misfits whose irreverent, sexually charged dynamic evolves into a surprising love story as their spontaneous and flippant attitude towards the past or future backfires time and again, even as they inadvertently perform good deeds. When they make enemies with a gun-toting hairdresser, their journey becomes one of constant escape from the law, from society and from the hairdresser, all while the bonds of their outsider family strengthen.”
The Jesus Rolls remakes a 1974 French film – titled Les Valseuses, a slang word for testicles – co-written and directed by Bertrand Blier, which co-starred a young Gérard Depardieu. The original film remains notorious for its criminal characters’ vulgarity, perceived misogyny and (to borrow a term from The Big Lebowski,) nihilism. Likewise, the remake is said to portray the iniquitous road trip of three misfits that will apparently evolve into a love story, with the group’s spontaneous acts of criminality coming back to haunt them, despite some attempted good deeds. Eventually, the trio find themselves the target of a gun-wielding hairdresser, not to mention the tenacious long arm of the law.
The Jesus Rolls cast consists of Bobby Cannavale, Jon Hamm, Susan Sarandon, Audrey Tautou, Pete Davidson, Sonia Braga and, of course, Turturro himself as Jesus Quintana, whose purpose in the film has not yet been revealed. However, judging by the early photo immediately above (from 2016 depicting a gesturing Jesus), it’s clear that the ball-buffing bowling bully is still living through his oft-quoted maxim, “Nobody f**ks with the Jesus.”
Screen Media Films nabbed the distribution rights to The Jesus Rolls. As star Turturro lauded last year in a statement:
“It feels like a good time to release a transgressive film about the stupidity of men who try and fail and try better to understand and penetrate the mystery of women. I look forward to working with Screen Media and bring our work and the character of the Jesus to American audiences.”
For those who, for some reason, are not familiar with The Big Lebowski or Jesus Quintana, check out this (obscenity-filled) scene below!