Laura Dern is expected to appear on the revived Twin Peaks, once again working alongside David Lynch, who has featured the actress throughout her career.
Reports on TVLine say in-the-know sources have confirmed Dern’s appearance on the show. Dern has been mentioned as playing a “top secret pivotal role” in the series, with one theory suggesting she might play the role of ‘Diane’.
Diane in the original series was essentially a dictaphone, used by Special Agent Dale Cooper to record his (often leftfield) thoughts and facts about cases and everyday life.
Dern’s extensive previous roles include film appearances in Jurassic Park, Mask, Blue Velvet and Wild At Heart, and TV appearances in Ellen and Frasier.
The revised series has already been pushed back to 2017, after initially planning an October 2016 release, though a production-focused teaser was launched shortly before Christmas.
Original Twin Peaks cast members Sherilyn Fenn and Sheryl Lee revealed in July that the new season has doubled in size and will now comprise 18 episodes. It has also been confirmed that Angelo Badalamenti, the composer of the show’s original theme music and score, will be writing brand new music for the new episodes.
The show originally ran from April 1990 to June 1991, when it was cancelled during its second season. Alongside lead actor Kyle MacLachlan, the cast of the original Twin Peaks series included Michael Ontkean, Lara Flynn Boyle, Mädchen Amick, Sheryl Lee and Sherilyn Fenn.
Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Robert Knepper and Balthazar Getty are all rumoured to have been cast as new characters, while original cast members said to be returning include Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer), Richard Beymer (Benjamin Horne), Dana Ashbrook (Bobby Briggs), Mädchen Amick (Shelly Johnson), Everett McGill (Ed Hurley), Wendy Robie (Nadine Hurley) and Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne).
Kyle MacLachlan is confirmed to be returning in the new series as Special Agent Dale Cooper. The president of the show’s new Showtime network, David Nevins, has said of the series’ cast: “You should be optimistic that the people that you want [back] will be there, and then there will be some surprises in addition.”