‘Twin Peaks’ Recruits Jennifer Jason Leigh, Possibly Naomi Watts
Details of Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival remain under lock and key in the Black Lodge, but that hasn’t stopped a number of major castings from bubbling up like some damn fine coffee. Hateful Eight star Jennifer Jason Leigh is the latest confirmed for our new Twin Peaks, with former David Lynch collaborator Naomi Watts also circling a role.
Deadline reported the news of Leigh’s casting, saying of Watts that “Lynch has been trying to get other well-known actors too, including movie star Naomi Watts who got her break in Lynch’s Mulholland Drive.” There aren’t any details on either role, though Leigh was at least observed on set filming opposite Kyle MacLachlan, as was original series star Sheryl Lee.
David Lynch and Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost wrote the scripts, with Lynch confirmed to direct all episodes of the revival series, however many that turns out to be. Thus far, only Kyle MacLachlan has been officially confirmed to return, though Twin Peaks composer Angelo Badalamenti and stars Madchen Amick and Sherilyn Fenn have all been heavily rumored, along with new additions Robert Forster, Peter Sarsgaard, Robert Knepper, Amanda Seyfried and Balthazar Getty.
The original Twin Peaks saw Agent Dale Cooper arriving in the titular town to investigate the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer, only to find the mystery ran far deeper than he could ever expect, with a touch of the supernatural. The new iteration will pick up 25 years after the Season 2 finale in 1991, which saw MacLachlan’s Agent Cooper in a Black Lodge limbo.
Showtime has yet to set an official Twin Peaks premiere, likely either late 2016 or 2017, but what should we make of the latest additions?
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