Kyle MacLachlan Set for Twin Peaks Revival, More Original Cast Expected

Diane: File this under “awesome.”

Kyle MacLachlan once more will play Special Agent Dale Cooper in Showtime’s upcoming Twin Peaks limited series, the network announced Monday.

The actor appeared on stage during the cable network’s presentation at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, saying, “I’m very excited to return to the strange and wonderful world of Twin Peaks.”

He then joked, “May the forest be with you.”

Fans have been clamoring for the actor to join the project since news of its 9-episode order broke in October. The present-day continuation of the eerie ’90s series will be written by creators David Lynch and Mark Frost; Lynch will direct every installment.

Production will begin “midway” through this year at “multiple locations,” likely including the series’ original Pacific Northwest home, said Showtime boss David Nevins.

“I hope to go back to Washington [state], yes,” he added, smiling.

The episodes will air in 2016, marking the 25th anniversary of the series finale.

“I think, in David’s mind, 25 years was the magic number,” Nevins said. “He pays attention to that kind of numerology in a big way.”

Agent Cooper’s final Peaks appearance involved him getting possessed by the evil spirit known as Bob and smashing his head into a mirror. MacLachlan’s career since then has included stints on Sex and the CityDesperate HousewivesHow I Met Your MotherThe Good Wife and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Nevins hinted at that MacLachlan’s casting may not be the only news of its kind.

“I expect there to be lots of people from the original cast back,” he said.

Showtime also released a photo of MacLachlan (below) that ardent Twin Peaks viewers will find mighty fine, indeed. (With reporting by Vlada Gelman and Matt Webb Mitovich)

Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan Showtime

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  1. CGS says:

    Good, it’s about time he plays a likable character again… his last several characters have unbearably annoying bad guys.

  2. Joey says:

    This made my day more than that damn fine cup of coffee I had this morning!

  3. Steve F. says:

    To quote one of Kyle MacLachlan’s most recent appearances, “Best day ever!”

  4. alistaircrane says:

    I think we all knew this was happening based on his Tweet from the day the revival was announced, but it’s also great to have official confirmation. I cannot wait for 2016 to get here!

  5. It's a damn fine day! says:

    Will the damn fine coffee also return?

  6. Eliza says:

    Makes my Twin Peaks fangirl heart sing.

  7. Alicia says:

    He still looks fine. Damn. Best news I heard all day

  8. Znachki says:

    YES!!! Now, can we have Dennis/Denise/Fox Mulder show up? I think that could melt the internet.

  9. Joey says:

    Also where can I file a petition that they cast Laura Dern as Diane.

  10. Et al says:

    So so so exciting!

  11. robert lynn says:

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  12. J says:

    You should mention somewhere that there is a massive spoiler in this article – “Agent Cooper’s final Peaks appearance involved him getting possessed by the evil spirit known as Bob and smashing his head into a mirror”.

    If i hadn’t watched the series before that would really annoy me

  13. Amanda says:

    I am beyond thrilled! Twin Peaks started my love affair with the quirky and strange, and made me realize that T.V. could be more than variety shows and soap operas. David Lynch is a genius, and his movie “Wild at Heart” as been a favorite since it’s release in 1990. Laura Dern has never been better. Lula!

  14. Michael says:

    Yes soooo looking forward to 2016 will bob be making his return, and how are they going to work it?

  15. Stevie says:

    one of my favorite tv actors. really underappreciated guy.

  16. Audrey Pott from Australia says:

    I have just watched Empire and it’s great to have Taraji back on the screen it was a sad loss when she left Person of Interest, she is a fine actor.

  17. danielkvegan says:

    Fantastic news.

  18. Cindy Owens says:

    I just wish the entire cast that are still living would return. R.I.P. Frank Silva (Bob).

  19. CJ Hoerner says:

    RIP Jack Nance. You were a fine actor and I will miss “She’s dead, wrapped in :plastic” so much in the new Twin Peaks.

  20. that is AWESOME !!!!! time again for cherry pie and good coffee !!!

  21. Al LAWRENCE says:

    Please retain the great music of the original

  22. Joe says:


  23. I was thrilled when the Cars reunited and made a new album in 2011; and now, to hear that “Twin Peaks” will “return from the dead,” I’m so happy and grateful.

  24. Stanton Heck says:

    I hope Laura Flynn Boyle comes back. I would also like to see Peggy Lipton and Michael Ontkean