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Laura Dern reportedly joins Twin Peaks, possibly as Diane?

on January 11, 2016, 11:34am

We’re still a ways off from returning to Twin Peaks. As Mark Frost indicated last year, David Lynch’s Showtime revival may not hit our tube until 2017, which leaves plenty of time for rampant speculation. The latest piece from the creepy rumor mill suggests a would-be reunion between Blue Velvet co-stars Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern.

According to TV Line, the Oscar-nominated actress has reportedly joined the third season for a “pivotal role,” which has led them to theorize she may be playing the never-before-seen secretary Diane for MacLachlan’s Agent Cooper. It’s an intriguing idea as the pairing would be an excellent homage to their investigative days as Jeffrey and Sandy back in Lumberton, North Carolina.

That’s not all. Deadline also reports that a few familiar faces may be popping up back in town, specifically Sherilyn Fenn’s Audrey Horne, David Patrick Kelly’s Jerry Horne, Richard Beymer’s Ben Horne, Miguel Ferrer’s FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield, and not surprisingly Sheryl Lee’s Laura Palmer. Sadly, they indicate that Lara Flynn Boyle will not reprise her role as Donna Hayward.

As of now, MacLachlan is the only officially confirmed cast member, though other returning faces possibly include Dana Ashbrook (Bobby Briggs), Michael Horse (Deputy Hawk), Kimmy Robertson (Lucy Moran), Mädchen Amick (Shelly Johnson), Joan Chen (Jocelyn Packard), Piper Laurie (Catherine Martell), Chris Mulkey (Hank Jennings), Russ Tamblyn (Dr. Larence Jacoby), and Kenneth Welsh (Windom Earle).

They will be joined by a handful of newcomers such as Amanda Seyfried, Balthazar Getty, Robert Knepper, Peter Saarsgard, and Robert Forster, who may be the new town sheriff as Michael Ontkean (Sheriff Harry S. Truman) has retired from acting and thus declined to return to the woods. Again, it’s hard to tell what’s real and what isn’t, which is about as Lynchian as it gets.

Start searching for any clues yourself in the recent teaser trailer below, which features Horse’s Deputy Hawk.

On a related note, take a moment and revisit David Bowie’s short-lived Phillip Jeffries role in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. As the late Starman himself noted of his performance, “They crammed me. I did all my scenes in four or five days, because I was in rehearsals for the 1991 Tin Machine tour. I was there for only a few days.” Unless Lynch pulled a magic trick and filmed his cameo months ago, or can somehow rework in unused footage, it’s unlikely we’ll ever see him again.

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