It’s pretty rare for an actor to catch up with a character 25 years after the fact, but it seems like Kyle MacLachlan is game for some more Twin Peaks, and has signed on the dotted line to take part in the 9-part continuation of the series. MacLachlan is the first of the original cast to sign-up for the new season, which will begin shooting sometime later this year, but according to the powers that be, it’s unlikely that he will be the last. MacLachlan was the star of the original Twin Peaks, which ran on ABC for two season in 1991 and 1992, and given where the series left his character, FBI Agent Dale Cooper, I have no idea where this will lead us. But I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.
During the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour‘s stop at Showtime yesterday, the topic of the new episodes of Twin Peaks, which was announced this past summer, came up. The big reveal was that MacLachlan has been signed up for more Peaks, which was followed by this tweet from show co-creator David Lynch featuring a pic of MacLachlan, back in black (both suit and damn fine coffee) and ready for those wonderful and strange developments:
— David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) January 12, 2015
“I’m very excited to return to the strange and wonderful world of Twin Peaks,” said MacLachlan at the TCA (reported by TVLine). “May the forest be with you,” he joked.
Although MacLachlan is the first to sign-up for more Peaks, Showtime boss David Nevins believes that he won’t be the last. “I expect there to be lots of people from the original cast back,” he said.
Here’s the official Showtime release announcing the casting:
Golden Globe winner and Emmy® Award nominee Kyle MacLachlan will reprise his role as FBI Agent Dale Cooper when the critically-acclaimed, ground breaking television phenomenon TWIN PEAKS returns as a new limited series on SHOWTIME. Series creators and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost are on board to write and produce all nine episodes of the limited series. Four-time Oscar® nominee David Lynch will direct every episode. TWIN PEAKS will go into production in 2015 to air on the network in 2016, marking the 25th anniversary of when the program last aired. Set in the present day, TWIN PEAKS will continue the lore of the original series, providing long-awaited answers for the series’ passionate fan base. The announcement was made today by Showtime Networks President David Nevins and MacLachlan at the Television Critics Association’s annual Winter Press Tour. For viewers hoping to reminisce or for those discovering the series for the first time, SHOWTIME will re-air the first two seasons of TWIN PEAKS, in advance of the new episodes going on air in 2016. Widely considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential broadcast series of all time, TWIN PEAKS followed the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town who were stunned after their homecoming queen Laura Palmer is shockingly murdered. The town’s sheriff welcomed the help of FBI 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 continue
As you may or may not know, the series left off with Agent Cooper having escaped the Black Lodge, but with the evil spirit Bob along for the ride now possessing Cooper. Bob, while possessing Leland Palmer (Ray Wise), was the one responsible for killing his daughter Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), the mystery that drove the first, and much of the second, season of the show.
Since the new episodes of Twin Peaks are taking place in real time, does that mean Bob has been hitching a ride in Cooper for the last quarter of a century? Does Cooper trying to rid himself of Bob once and for all bring him back to Twin Peaks? If you’ve been keeping up with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., you know that MacLachlan’s been doing crazy proud as Skye’s Inhuman father (recently revealed to be Mr. Hyde) on a weekly basis. It seems like a pretty good warm-up act for a Bob-possessed Cooper in the new Twin Peaks, huh?
The 9-episode series will be written by Lynch and Mark Frost, and all nine episodes will be directed by Lynch. Twin Peaks will appear on Showtime sometime next year, just in time for the 25th anniversary of the original series.
Source: Comic Book Movie