Last week, a report surfaced that actor/director John Turturro's new film Going Places is actually a Big Lebowski spinoff, with the actor returning as Jesus Quintana. The film was already said to have started shooting in New York City, which is essentially a remake of 1974 French film Les Valseuses centering on his Jesus character, with Bobby Cannavale, Susan Sarandon and Audrey Tautou also set to star. Today we have the first photo from the set with John Turturro as Jesus, thanks to one of the actor/director's co-stars.
Susan Sarandon shared this photo on Instagram, with the brief caption, "The Man. John Tuturro on location. Love you." The actress also tagged the location as "The Sands at Lido Beach" in Lido Beach, New York, which is situated between Queens and Long Island. John Turturro is also directing this spinoff from his own script, which follows two thieves, John Turturro's Jesus Quintana and Bobby Cannavale's unnamed character, who "compete to give a woman (Audrey Tautou) her first orgasm." Susan Sarandon portrays a criminal who ends up in their company after a long stint in prison.
The project doesn't have a distributor in place quite yet, but John Turturro recently teased that original Big Lebowski directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen are supporting this spinoff, while Jeff Bridges recently gave his blessing for the project as well. Turturro himself had actually created this Jesus Quintana character years prior to the movie for a stage play he was working on. The actor-director teased a few months ago that they're involved in a "complicated legal situation." with this project, but it seems that has all been settled, now that filming has begun.
In The Big Lebowski, Jesus Quintana was a bowling rival of The Dude (Jeff Bridges), Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) and Donny Kerabatsos (Steve Buscemi). Jesus' team meets The Dude's team in their bowling league semi-finals, where he keeps antagonizing The Dude, Walter and Donny. At one point in the movie, Walter claims that Jesus is a "pederast," having served six months in Chino for exposing himself to an 8-year-old.
Even before the developments that surfaced earlier this year, Turturro teased this spin-off movie a couple of years ago. The Big Lebowski didn't exactly break any box office records when it hit theaters in 1998, earning just $17.4 million. It did, however, go on to become a cult classic, even spawning a yearly event in Louisville, Kentucky, with the 15th annual Lebowski festival taking place earlier this year. While we wait for more updates, take a look at the first photo from The Big Lebowski spinoff Going Places, featuring John Turturro's triumphant return as Jesus Quintana.