Now might be a good time to book tickets to France, because David Lynch’s Twin Peaks will get its premiere at the acclaimed Cannes film festival. It has been 26 years since the series left Agent Dale Cooper at the Black Lodge, and while fans got the prequel film in 1992, Lynch has always teased that the murder mystery could be back for more.
It has been confirmed that Lynch and co. will premiere their return to the peaceful mountain town at Cannes, which will be celebrating 70 years of the film festival from May 17-28. The full lineup won’t include a single Hollywood film, however, it will be where Twin Peaks premieres its first two episodes.
This won’t be the first time that Lynch has brought his story of the strange Pacific Northwest town to Cannes, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me premiered at the festival back in 1992, where it was met with boos from the audience. Given that reception, it will be interesting to see how the first two hours of the revival will be treated upon their initial screening.
Showtime is developing the highly anticipated show, which will include an 18-episode run and is once again directed by Lynch. Unfolding in the present day, 25 years will have passed, which will apparently be a pivotal point of the revival. While teasers from the show are just as cryptic as you would expect from Lynch, the synopsis for season 3 isn’t much more helpful:
“Twin Peaks followed the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town who were stunned after their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered. The town’s sheriff welcomed the help of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, who came to town to investigate the case. As Cooper conducted his search for Laura’s killer, the town’s secrets were gradually exposed. The mystery that ensued set off an eerie chain of events that plunged the inhabitants of Twin Peaks into a darker examination of their very existence. Twenty-five years later, the story continues…”
While fans may know nothing about the plot, some familiar faces are confirmed to return and the cast is a veritable feast of acting talent. The majority of the cast will reprise their roles, including Kyle MacLachlan as Dale Cooper, Sheryl Lee as Laura Palmer, and even Lynch himself. David Bowie was due to reprise his role as FBI Agent Phillip Jeffries from Fire Walk With Me, but his death in January 2016 prevented the cameo. Elsewhere, newcomers to the series include The Walking Dead‘s Josh McDermitt and Laura Dern in a “top secret” role.
In the era that has seen more Gilmore Girls, Heroes, and Prison Break, Twin Peaks is one of the most-hyped television events of modern times and sure to be topping everyone’s TV guide when it returns.
Twin Peaks begins airing its 18-episode revival season on Showtime May 21, 2017.