Out of all of the iconic characters The Big Lebowski introduced us to over 20 years ago, it’s taken about that long to give one a sequel/spinoff. True to his word, writer/director John Turturro has delivered his Jesus Quintana movie to the world, and as you’ll see in this trailer, The Jesus Rolls, and not a moment too soon.
As we see in our new glimpse into The Jesus Rolls, Jesus Quintana (Turturro) has landed himself in prison again between when we last saw him and the present day. We catch up with him upon his release, with the threat that if he’s caught again, he’ll become a lifer.
So naturally, this is the perfect time for Jesus to catch up with an old buddy (Bobby Cannavale,) steal a car, and get into a bunch of misadventures with a star studded cast along for the ride. And boy, does The Jesus Rolls have an impressive roster for this particular team.
With Christopher Walken, Jon Hamm, Audrey Tatou, and Susan Sarandon all on board for whatever misadventures may occur, John Turturro’s vision for the continuing gospel of The Jesus certainly feel like they’re leading up to some rather impressive results. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, SNL alum Pete Davidson is thrown into the mix as well.
Officially approved by The Coen Brothers, as they flat out admitted they’d never make any sort of follow-up to The Big Lebowski, Turturro’s The Jesus Rolls is actually a hybrid. Not only does it continue the story of a character from the Lebowski-verse, but it’s also a loose remake of the 1974 French film Les Valseuses, also known as Going Places.
That only gives us a further look into just what The Jesus Rolls is looking to accomplish, as researching that particular film seems to suggest that this movie is built around the concept that John Turturro and Bobby Cannavale going on a crime spree, while romancing Audrey Tatou and Susan Sarandon in the process.
So if Jon Hamm playing a charming heel once again wasn’t enough to entice you to watch The Jesus Rolls, you have a little more incentive to get with the program. As the movie was already released in certain international markets last year, the promise of an “early 2020” release had hung in the air for some time.
Now, with our first full look at this long talked about project in our hands, John Turturro’s oath has been fulfilled, and The Jesus shall roll again. Which means we’ll be making another pass at our screenplay involving John Goodman's iconic Walter Sobchak and his time on the international dog show circuit, inspired by the fact that dreams do in deed come true.
The Jesus Rolls starts bowling to the sweet sounds of The Gypsy Kings once again, on February 28th. Though don't let that stop you from searching our 2020 release schedule for your next strike at the box office! The Jesus commands it.