Showtime Has Announced a Very Long Cast List for Twin Peaks – Vanity Fair

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Perhaps no project promises to be as simultaneously anticipated and weird as Showtime’s 2017 Twin Peaks reboot. Mark Frost and David Lynch’s original series was a two-season conundrum—both for the characters trying to figure out who murdered Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) and audiences, who were tasked with puzzling their way through her bizarre hometown and all its eccentric inhabitants along the way. And based on the full cast list, announced Monday, it seems there’s plenty more puzzling to come in the new installment, as the list runs deep not only with returning actors, but also with plenty of intriguing newcomers.

Showtime’s revival season will star 217 cast members, and has completed filming, Deadline reports. On top of a large group of returning actors, the new season is welcoming many new faces to Twin Peaks. There are some Hollywood types, including Amanda Seyfried, Naomi Watts, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Ashley Judd, along with some quirkier choices, including Michael Cera and Laura Dern, whose facial expressions are by far the most underrated highlight of Jurassic Park and promise to bring every Twin Peaks scene she graces to the next level. Josh McDermitt, whom you might know as Eugene from The Walking Dead, also made the list, as did a couple musicians you might know: Eddie Vedder and Trent Reznor.

On the returning-cast side, we of course have Kyle MacLachlan, who has been confirmed for some time, along with most of the town’s most important players: Sheryl Lee, who played not only Laura Palmer but also her cousin Maddy; Ray Wise and Grace Zabriskie, who played Laura’s parents; Mädchen Amick and Dana Ashbrook, who played Shelly Johnson and Bobby Briggs; Sherilyn Fenn, who played Audrey Horne; Peggy Lipton and Everett McGill, who played Norma Jennings and Ed Hurley; and James Marshall, who played James Hurley. David Duchovny will also return as Denise Bryson—which makes us wonder how well that transgender character will hold up—and, of course, in addition to returning as director, David Lynch will reprise his role as F.B.I. Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole. Catherine E. Coulson, who played the show’s psychic log lady, also made the list, confirming rumors that she’d managed to film some scenes before she died last year. Tragically, Lara Flynn Boyle is nowhere to be found.

As hard as it is to imagine Twin Peaks without Boyle’s Donna Hayward, with a cast this huge and across-the-map, we feel confident guessing that at the very least, things are going to be just as bonkers as ever.

Showtime Has Announced a Very Long Cast List for Twin Peaks – Vanity Fair