At one time the Twin Peaks revival appeared to be dead in the water, but co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost managed to resuscitate the cult classic TV series with Showtime, who agreed to air the full 18-episodes third season in early 2017. Since then, details in relation to the secretive production have been kept under (plastic) wraps, but the Packard rumor mill has been in overdrive, with many fans of the series eagerly awaiting confirmation that members of the original cast will be making their return to the small screen, while also attempting to gain insight into new cast members and their respective characters.
After months of speculation and 140 shooting days, Lynch and the production crew have officially wrapped filming and have subsequently unveiled the entire 217-member cast list. So, go ahead and grab yourself a cup of hot coffee (as black as midnight on a moonless night) and peruse the list of returning stars (marked with an asterisk) and new cast members for the forthcoming revival series.
Series star Kyle MacLachlan, who was previously confirmed to be making his return as FBI Agent Dale Cooper, will be joined by a whole host of actors from the original, including Sherilyn Fenn as Audrey Horne, Mädchen Amick as Shelly Johnson, Michael Horse as Deputy Hawk, Dana Ashbrook as Bobby Briggs, Miguel Ferrer as Albert Rosenfield, Ray Wise as Leland Palmer, Grace Zabriskie as Sarah Palmer, Peggy Lipton as Norma Jennings, Everett McGill as Ed Hurley, David Lynch as Gordon Cole and even David Duchovny, who had a small cameo as Denise (a transgender DEA agent) in the original series. The rest of the list can be seen below (via Deadline):
The small town of Twin Peaks is about to become even more populated, though, as the project has attracted some major star power in the form of all-new cast members, with Michael Cera, Amanda Seyfried, Naomi Watts, and Ernie Hudson joining a roster of newcomers including Ashley Judd, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Laura Dern, Trent Reznor, Jessica Szohr, Jane Levy, Richard Chamberlain, Robert Knepper, Jim Belushi, Tom Sizemore, Ethan Suplee, Balthazar Getty, Bailey Chase, David Koechner, and Larry Clarke.
The latest installment picks up 25 years after the events of the original series that followed an investigation, headed by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, into the brutal murder of the popular teenager and homecoming queen Laura Palmer, played by Sheryl Lee (who is also back for the revival). Another fan favorite featured on the list is that of the beloved “Log Lady.” It had been rumored that Catherine Coulson had filmed a few scenes with Lynch before she passed away towards the end of last year. Hopefully her name will help to offset some of the notable exclusions, including those of Donna Haywood (Lara Flynn Boyle or Moira Kelly), Catherine Martell (Piper Laurie), Annie Blackburn (Heather Graham), Leo Johnson (Eric Da Re), Harry S. Truman (Michael Ontkean) and The Man from Another Place (Michael J. Anderson).
At this point in time, it is unclear whether any of the new cast members will be portraying some of the (currently missing) original characters, but we should certainly expect to be introduced to a new batch of inhabitants in the northwestern town. Perhaps one of the biggest character rumors is that of Diane, Agent Cooper’s previously unseen secretary, who could be played by Laura Dern – after all, it is quite conceivable that Coop has upgraded his Dictaphone to a smartphone, complete with FaceTime.
Twin Peaks is set to return on Showtime in early 2017.