Twin Peaks Revival Adds Jennifer Jason Leigh; No Peter Sarsgaard

Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hateful Eight

News on Showtime's upcoming Twin Peaks revival continues to come pouring in, as the much-anticipated third season of the cult TV show (which previously aired from 1990-91) continues filming. Now that star Kyle MacLachlan and director David Lynch are confirmed, the show is steadily coming along nicely, despite some pre-production complications.

Most recently, a number of cast members have been revealed as new additions to the Twin Peaks series' ensemble for the revival. Now we have word of yet another acclaimed performer having joined the TV show's cast.

According to Deadline, Jennifer Jason Leigh -- who will next be seen in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight -- will appear as part of the Twin Peaks revival, after having recently been spotted by onlookers with MacLachlan during a night shoot in the Mojave desert for the show. Of course, given the secretive nature of the production, no character details have been revealed for Leigh; including, whether she is a recurring cast member or a guest star.

Just as Leigh has joined the TV show, though, we've gotten recent confirmation that Peter Sarsgaard will not be of the next Twin Peaks season, despite earlier reports that he was lining up to join the cast. Here's what he had to say about the project, when asked by EW:

"I'm not doing Twin Peaks, but it certainly was a rumor that was not founded on nothing. ... I would love to be in Twin Peaks. I watched them all, I think, twice."

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While news that Sarsgaard will not be taking part in the series may be disappointing for fans, Leigh will certainly prove to be an asset for the season. A veteran actress with proven skill in both comedy and drama, she brings an energy all her own, and it isn't hard to see her easily fitting in with the distinctly off-beat tone of Twin Peaks.

Leigh joins other recently announced additions to the cast, including Amanda Seyfried and Robert Knepper for the 18-episode series revival - part of an ongoing trend of 1990s television staples finding their way back to the airwaves. The upcoming batch of episodes is expected to answer many lingering questions fans have about the first two seasons; though, chances are, Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost will take the necessary measures to ensure that the show's mysteries remain just that until the show premieres.

Do you think Leigh is a good fit for the weird world of Twin Peaks? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below.


Twin Peaks season 3 is expected to air on Showtime sometime in 2017.

Source: Deadline, EW

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