Everything we know about Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival so far
In October of 2014, Showtime announced that it would be reviving cult classic tv series Twin Peaks with creators David Lynch and Mark Frost at the helm once again. After some conflict involving budgetary concerns, David Lynch had announced that he was leaving the project, which delayed production for some time. However several months later he returned and is writing and directing all 18 episodes of the limited event series with Mark Frost serving as executive producer. In December of the following year, the series went into production and was projected to air in 2017.
The official press release for the series is very ambiguous and reads as follows: One of the most groundbreaking and influential television series of all time, the new Showtime series picks up twenty-five years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town were stunned when their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered. The new Twin Peaks is written and produced by series creators and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost and is directed entirely by Lynch.
According to Showtime CEO David Nevins the revival is “…the pure heroin version of David Lynch…”. Furthermore he revealed previously that Twin Peaks will be filmed as one long movie, with an extensive script written entirely by co-creator Mark Frost and all episodes being directed by David Lynch, which means the series will maintain its continuity. The plot will likely build slowly, with a tremendous climax in the latter episodes.
Precious little is known thus far, other than the fact that the series will pick up 25 years later as mentioned above, which adds unexpected twist to Laura Palmer’s quote “I’ll see you again in 25 years.” from season 2, and confirms the series is in fact a sequel. “It is not a remake. The story continues. The seeds of where we go were planted where we’ve been.” says co-creator Mark Frost.
David Lynch stated during a recent press tour that “…the story of Laura Palmer’s last seven days are very important for this.” It’s impossible to speculate on how that will unfold in the upcoming series, though it’s certainly something to ponder.
A synopsis cryptically included in Mark Frost’s recently released The Secret History of Twin Peaks book may offer some welcome clues:
“Twenty-five years [after Dale Cooper’s investigation of the murder of Laura Palmer,] the FBI gets a hold of a box it won’t divulge the provenance of. In the box, a huge dossier…
A female FBI agent is tasked to analyze all the documents inside, and everything related to the strange town of Twin Peaks. She also has to determine the identity of the person who compiled the dossier. Along the way, she discovers secrets about the lives of the town’s residents, but also investigative reports from Dale Cooper who has since vanished, newspaper clippings, an autopsy report, and other classified information.
What happened since the death of the young woman? And why did an anonymous “archivist” compile such a thorough dossier on Twin Peaks and its origins?”
Returning Cast Members
David Lynch and Mark Frost released a list of 217 confirmed cast members for the revival. Additionally, it stated by costume designer Nancy Steiner that there are 238 speaking parts in the new series. Much to the delight of fans, over 30 of the original cast members will be reprising their roles. Below is a list of the key cast members who will be returning.
Kyle MacLachlan (FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper), David Lynch (FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole) , Catherine E. Coulson (Margaret Lanterman aka The Log Lady), Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne), Mädchen Amick (Shelly Johnson), Dana Ashbrook (Bobby Briggs), James Marshall (James Hurley), Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer/Maddy Ferguson), Michael Horse (Deputy Tommy “Hawk” Hill), Harry Goaz (Deputy Andy Brennan), Kimmy Robertson (Lucy Moran), Peggy Lipton (Norma Jennings), Wendy Robie (Nadine Hurley), Everett McGill (“Big” Ed Hurley), Miguel Ferrer (FBI Special Agent Albert Rosenfield), Warren Frost (Doc Hayward), Alicia Witt (Gersten Hayward), Charlotte Stewart (Betty Briggs), Richard Beymer (Benjamin Horne) , David Patrick Kelly (Jerry Horne), Jan D’Arcy (Sylvia Horne), David Duchovny (Dennis/Denise Bryson), Phoebe Augustine (Ronette Pulaski), Gary Hershberger (Mike “Snake” Nelson), Al Strobel (Philip “Mike” Gerard aka The One-Armed Man), Carel Struycken (The Giant), Russ Tamblyn (Dr. Jacoby), Ray Wise (Leland Palmer), Grace Zabriskie (Sarah Palmer), Walter Olkewicz (Jacques Renault – deceased), Julee Cruise (The Roadhouse singer), Andrea Hays (Heidi), Bellina Martin Logan (Louie “Birdsong” Budway), Mike Malone (FBI), Carlton Lee Russell (Jumping Man), and Harry Dean Stanton (Carl Rodd).
To those well versed in Twin Peaks lore, you’ll notice several cast members listed whose characters died in the original series. It’s unknown as to whether or not they’ll be portraying the same characters or how they’ll be included.
I’d like to mention here that Catherine E. Coulson, who portrayed Margaret Lanterman aka The Log Lady, passed away in September of 2015. However she’s been included in the list of returning cast, and it’s rumored that Lynch had filmed scenes with her before her passing, though this remains unconfirmed. In what way she’ll be included in the series remains to be seen, may she rest in peace.
Check out the video below of Kyle MacLachlan and other cast talking about returning to the series.
Cast Members Who Are Not Returning
Although the majority of the key cast members have reprised their roles, a handful of them will not be returning. Several of the cast members that were older in the original series have since passed away, such as David Bowie (Phillip Jeffries, who appeared in the film), Jack Nance (Pete Martell), Frank Silva (Bob), Dan O’Herlihy (Andrew Packard), John Boylan (Mayor Dwayne Milford), and Don S. Davis (Major Garland Briggs). It’s been reported that Michael J. Andersen (The Man from Another Place) and Michael Ontkean (Sheriff Harry Truman) chose not to sign on for the revival. Others were reportedly not invited, such as Piper Laurie (Catherine Martell) and Joan Chen (Josie Packard). It’s unknown whether or not Heather Graham (Annie Blackburn)was invited or not, as the actress has not yet commented on the subject. The same goes for Lara Flynn Boyle (Donna Hayward), as well as Moira Kelly, who portrayed the same character for the film. Additionally there’s been no mention of Chris Mulkey (Hank Jennings), Eric DaRe (Leo Johnson), or Robert Bauer (Johnny Horne).
At this time it’s unknown whether or not any of the above mentioned characters will be recast, though the possibility of surprise cameos from some of them isn’t entirely out of the question.
New Cast Members
The new additions to the cast is so extensive that it’s unprecedented, though the roles they’re playing are unknown at this time. There are several well known actors, in addition to lesser known ones, musicians, and even family members of David Lynch. You may also recognize a few names that have appeared previously in Lynch’s other works.
New cast members include Monica Bellucci, Jim Belushi, Jeremy Davies, Laura Dern, Hailey Gates, Balthazar Getty, Ernie Hudson, Ashley Judd, David Koechner, Matthew Lillard, Trent Reznor, Tim Roth, Amanda Seyfried, Tom Sizemore, Jessica Szohr, Eddie Vedder and Naomi Watts, among others. The complete cast list can be viewed at welcometotwinpeaks.
Twin Peaks wouldn’t be the same without the dreamy sounds of Grammy Award-winning composer Angelo Badalamenti, who’s written some of the most unique film scores of our time. Badalamenti’s involvement in the revival series has been confirmed.
He recently teased his return as the composer for the new series in this one minute teaser which you can view below.
Premiere Date And Subsequent Episodes
Recently it was announced that the series will debut will indeed debut this year with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, May 21st at 9pm. Immediately following the premiere, Showtime subscribers will have access to the third and fourth hours, exclusively across the Showtime streaming service, Showtime Anytime and Showtime On Demand. In its second week, Twin Peaks will air the third and fourth hours back-to-back on the linear network, starting at 9pm, followed by one-hour episodes in subsequent weeks.
For our UK readers, Twin Peaks will be airing on Sky Atlantic on Monday, May 22nd at 2am, and will be repeated on Tuesday, May 23rd at 9pm.
A Twin Peaks revival is something many fans have always desired but never dreamed would come to fruition, and it’s certainly exciting to see how the story will unfold. Furthermore it’s been some time since David Lynch has worked on anything extensive and many are inquisitive if a little unsure of what to expect from the surrealistic mastermind. With the series debuting just months from now there’s undoubtedly more news forthcoming as well as first look photos, trailers and more. Stay tuned for our ongoing Twin Peaks coverage.
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