Release Date Confirmed For Big Lebowski Spin-Off Jesus Rolls
White Russians at the ready - Jesus Rolls, the spin-off from The Big Lebowski, will be out in select cinemas from 20 March. You can watch the trailer below - best dust up on your Italian, though, as it's not yet been released in English. Still, it's a sneak peek at the movie:
John Turturro is set to return as Jesus Quintana from the hit 1998 film, with the character fresh out of prison and ready to pick up where he left off.
He'll be joined by his pal Petey and a new mate, hairdresser Marie, as the trio head out on a good old-fashioned petty crime spree.
The film will be available on demand three days after it comes out in cinemas.
Its official synopsis reads: "Fresh out of prison, smooth-talking petty thief Jesus Quintana is ready to roll with his best friend Petey (Bobby Cannavale) riding shotgun. Picking up free-spirited hairdresser Marie (Audrey Tautou) along the way, the three embark on an epic petty crime spree across the rural backroads of New York.
"Taking in the idyllic landscapes from the window of a stolen muscle car, the trio spend their days occupied with free love and the pursuit of happiness, and doing whatever it takes to get it."
With Joel and Ethan Coen - the fraternal writer/director team behind the original movie - announcing that they would not be involved in any potential Lebowski sequels, Turturro decided to take matters into his own hands, writing and directing the new movie himself, albeit with the brothers' blessing.
Speaking to Variety, Turturro said: "They're my friends, close friends, and were supportive when I said I wanna explore this character more.
"They said, you gotta do it cause we're not doing it! If I have something to show, I show it to them if they're around."
He explained that his new project was 'a bit of a racy movie'.
He continued: "It shows how stupid men are. That's what the movie is kinda about - the women are the stronger, more together characters.
"I had to tweak it a little bit but now I feel really good about it. It's basically an exploration of Jesus getting out of jail [after he is framed as a paedophile]. It's a comedy but a very human comedy.
In a 2016 interview with Screen Daily, Turturro explained: "I started playing around with it and I thought we could be onto something with his irony and the irreverence of the character.
He added: "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 bringing our work and the character of the Jesus to American audiences."
Jesus Rolls will be out in select cinemas from 20 March.
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