Your First Look At The Big Lebowski Spin-Off, “The Jesus Rolls”

10 February 2020
Culture, Film, Jesus Rolls, The Big Lebowski
Image: Cornerstone Film

Jesus is setting off on a freewheeling joyride of petty crime and romance

It’s been more than 20 years since The Big Lebowski first introduced the world to the sly and hilarious tale of “The Dude,” a character whose “casualness runs deep.” Jeffrey Lebowski was a new cinematic force; a character whose dress code was informed by the belief that every day is Casual Friday, and which inspired numerous Halloween costumes seeking to replicate the same mood.

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The film tells the story of Lebowski, a slacker in the most sincere sense of the word, someone who struggles just to get out of bed in the morning and enjoys ten-pin-bowling with something akin to religious fervour. But when The Dude is swept up in a case of mistaken identity, what ensues is kidnapping, blackmail, and the struggle for Lebowski to deal with it all – a man who seemingly is the least equipped to do so. Thanks to the genius of the Coen brothers, people continue to obsess over the film all these years on. Although it flopped upon release, The Big Lebowski has gone on to become a global phenomenon with a cult-like following.

Now, fans will finally have reason to cheer as the first trailer of The Jesus Rolls has been released, providing a glimpse into the world writer/director/star John Turturro envisioned for the original film’s spinoff. And while this film won’t have the involvement of the Coen brothers serving as directors, it does have a star-stacked cast.

Turturro will reprise his role as Jesus from the original, with the trailer depicting Jesus getting out of prison and setting out on a joyride involving petty rime and romance alongside his friends, Petey (Bobby Cannavale) and Marie (Audrie Tatou). Joining the cast are Christopher Walken, Jon Hamm, Pete Davidson and Susan Sarandon.

The official synopsis for the film reads: “Hours after being released from prison for good behaviour, Jesus Quintana (John Turturro) reunites with his best friend and fellow underachiever Petey (Bobby Cannavale). In the first in a series of rapidly escalating bad decisions, they steal a vintage car parked in front of an upscale salon and hit the road for a no-holds-barred joyride – until the car’s gun-toting owner (Jon Hamm) catches up with them, wounding Petey.

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“Fleeing the scene with fiercely free-spirited shampooist Marie (Audrey Tatou), Jesus and Petey continue their adventure in a series of stolen cars, cementing their partnership with an epic petty-crime spree and a three-way romance. A darkly funny, irreverent and freewheeling road movie, The Jesus Rolls is written and directed by Emmy winner and nominee John Turturro and pays tribute to the classic French farce Les Valseuses.”

The Jesus Rolls is expected to hit cinemas on March 23.

Via GQ Australia