Kyle MacLachlan has been cast in The House With a Clock in Its Walls, an adaptation of a 1973 horror book by John Bellairs, which is being developed by Universal and Amblin. Horror director Eli Roth is helming the film, which will costar Jack Black and Cate Blanchett. The film, adapted from the novel by screenwriter Eric Kripke, has been described as a Gothic horror film.
MacLachlan had a brief run as a leading man in the 1980s, starring in such films as David Lynch’s classic Blue Velvet and the cult science fiction film The Hidden. Sure, there was Lynch’s much-panned film of Frank Herbert’s Dune, but MacLachlan followed that up with the most prominent role of his career, Agent Dale Cooper on both the original Twin Peaks TV series and the 1992 movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.
Following his infamous turn in 1996’s Showgirls, MacLachlan rarely appeared in movies, doing most of his work either as a guest star on such shows as Sex and the City, How I Met Your Mother, Desperate Housewives, and Portlandia. But MacLachlan’s career changed with his return to Twin Peaks, and his well-received turn as three different characters - Agent Cooper, the villain “Mr. C,” and monosyllabic insurance salesman Dougie Jones, on the revival Twin Peaks: The Return. And now, there’s word of MacLachlan’s first post-Peaks movie role.
The House With a Clock in its Walls tells the story of a 10-year-old orphan boy who “discovers a world of hidden passageways, magic and danger in his uncle’s old house.” MacLachlan’s character is named Isaac Izard, and he plays the former owner of the house. MacLachlan was also recently announced as appearing in G.L.O. (The Giant Little Ones).
The casting of MacLachlan in a film is welcome news. Twin Peaks: The Return may not have earned strong ratings on Showtime beyond the show’s diehards, but MacLachlan was the best part of it, commanding the screen and showing outstanding versatility by playing, at the same time, a hero, a villain, and a man virtually comatose. Hopefully that performance convinced Hollywood that MacLachlan can still do good things.
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