Laura Dern Joins Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks: Laura Dern Joins Cast of Showtime Revival — as Diane?!

“Diane, it’s 6:05 in the evening and… there are indications you’re about to be unmasked.”

Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch has tapped his longtime muse, Laura Dern, to join the forthcoming Showtime revival in a pivotal role.

Details about Dern’s character are being kept under the tightest of wraps, but one tantalizing theory has the Oscar-nominated actress playing Agent Cooper’s never-before-seen secretary Diane. If true, that means Dern and Kyle MacLachlan would once again be paired as investigators, a super-cool nod to their roles in Lynch’s 1986 mystery noir Blue Velvet,

A Showtime rep declined to comment for this story.

In addition to Blue Velvet, Lynch and Dern worked together on 1990’s Wild at Heart and 2006’s Inland Empire.

Dern, who recently signed on to co-star in HBO’s star-studded limited series Big Little Lies,  joins a growing Twin Peaks ensemble that includes vets MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee and Sherilyn Fenn, as well as newbies Robert Knepper, Balthazar Getty and Amanda Seyfried. (To date, the only piece of casting Showtime has officially confirmed is MacLachlan).

Lynch and fellow co-creator Mark Frost have penned all episodes of the present-day revival — which is rumored to total more than a dozen episodes — with Lynch directing every installment. Filming is currently underway in Washington state ahead of a Summer 2017 debut.

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  1. Tim says:

    Cool! I was thinking maybe Jennifer Jason Leigh would play Diane, but I can see Laura Dern as well.

  2. dkleener says:

    I always thought that Diane was the name of his tape recorder!

    • Griff says:

      Nope, in a deleted scene from the film Cooper can be seen talking to Diane (who’s offscreen). She’s definitely his assistant or secretary.

  3. Griff says:

    So, no actual evidence she’s playing Diane…. why would they unmask that character know? Would totally ruin the mystique.

  4. Griff says:

    So, no actual evidence she’s playing Diane…. why would they unmask that character now? Would totally ruin the mystique.

  5. Joey says:

    Joey says:
    January 12, 2015 at 4:25 PM

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

    ….Almost a year to the day I posted that comment…

  6. Jen Nifer says:

    I think Laura is to David, what Grace was to Alfred. Great choice.