John Turturro has talked about reviving his creepy, bowling ball-licking Big Lebowski character Jesus Quintana since at least 2005. The original movie, a financial dud in 1998, earned a following over the years, and Turturro sounded confident he found an adjacent, not-quite-a-sequel way to revive the character. The plans sounded like a stretch — whatever the angle, it did not involve The Big Lebowski writers Joel and Ethan Coen — but for years, there was a glimmer of hope for fans of the cult comedy.
In August 2016, Turturro actually went out and made the movie. Inspired by the 1974 French film Les Valseuses (French for “testicles”), the movie, written, directed by and starring the actor, shot under-the-radar in New York City neighborhoods under the title Going Places. Unfortunately, the movie … did not go places. After wrapping production, the spinoff/sequel sat in distribution limbo for reasons unknown. Quintana … that creep can roll, man. But evidentially, not into theaters.
Now, without warning, the unlikely Big Lebowski spinoff is back on its feet. According to a press release from new distributor Screen Media, Going Places, now retitled The Jesus Rolls, will see release next year.
Alongside Turturro, The Jesus Rolls costars Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man), Audrey Tautou (Amelie), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Susan Sarandon (Feud), and SNL’s Pete Davidson. A summary sounds wild:
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.
“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,” said Turturro in the press release.
Screen Media anticipates a release of The Jesus Rolls in early 2020, just in time for The Big Lebowski’s 21st anniversary.