While it’s been over 20 years since The Big Lebowski hit theaters, the enthusiasm of the movie’s fans hasn’t died down much. You’ll still hear fans quote the film (or reference it) on a regular basis, and the actors who worked on the Coen Brothers picture continue to be associated with it.
The list starts, of course, with Jeff Bridges, who played The Dude in the 1998 classic. Though he has over 90 screen credits, Bridges remains best known for that role. On a lesser level, the same goes for John Goodman (Walter), Steve Buscemi (Donny), and John Turturro (Jesus).
While these great actors all have their signature screen roles, their characters in Lebowski remain highlights. In the case of Turturro, he couldn’t let go of “The Jesus” after all these years.
In 2016, Turturro directed a film based on this character titled The Jesus Rolls. (Turturro also wrote the script.) After a number of delays and other issues with the release, viewers will finally get to see it in 2020. Here’s who’ll join Turturro in the film.
Bobby Cannavale, Susan Sarandon, and Audrey Tatou headline the ‘Jesus’ all-star cast.
While fans of Lebowski know Jesus solely as a child molester with nothing nice to say, Turturro says that is only part of the character. The Jesus Rolls, which is based on a 1974 French picture titled Les Valseuses, takes a much deeper dive into the life of the creepy figure.
According to Screen Daily, the Coen Brothers told Turturro they were impressed by where he had thought of taking up the story. Despite the rumors over the years, it doesn’t appear the sibling filmmakers ever seriously considered making a film focused on the character.
Along with Turturro, who reprises his role of Jesus Quintana, several big-name actors appear in the production. Susan Sarandon, Bobby Cannavale, Jon Hamm, Audrey Tatou, and Sonia Braga top the list. Comedians J.B. Smoove and Pete Davidson also worked on the movie.
According to the plot synopsis, the film follows a new “trio of misfits’ as they bumble their way through life. However, Lebowski fans won’t find their favorite trio of misfits along for the ride.
Bridges, Goodman, and Buscemi are not credited on the picture.
If you check on the credits and read up on The Jesus Rolls, you won’t find any reference to Bridges, Goodman, or Buscemi. Though it’s possible one or more of the actors makes a cameo in the film, none has a role of any prominence.
As for good news, the film finally found a distributor in Screen Media, which will release the movie early in the coming year. Following the deal, Turturro offered up a statement on the subject of his latest directorial effort.
“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.” It’s not difficult to picture the Jesus in such a group.