Michael Cera, Trent Reznor, and Jim Belushi walk into the Roadhouse
April 25, 2016 1:14 PM   Subscribe

Showtime's reboot of Twin Peaks (previously, previously, previously) has wrapped principal photography. Showtime has released the cast list of 217 actors and actresses who will appear in the show.
posted by codacorolla (84 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
 
Let's just try and forget the X-Files one happened and hope for the best.
posted by Artw at 1:21 PM on April 25, 2016 [9 favorites]


I am hoping that Michael Cera plays Lucy and Andy's son.

I am also hoping that Mariqueen and Trent Reznor are actually providing music in a scene, rather than just standing around in the back.
posted by Katemonkey at 1:22 PM on April 25, 2016 [10 favorites]


X-Files? What's an X-Files?
posted by Atom Eyes at 1:22 PM on April 25, 2016


New cast members include
everyone. Just... everyone.
posted by Etrigan at 1:24 PM on April 25, 2016 [4 favorites]


I haven't seen Twin Peaks since it was broadcast, I really need to re-watch the first season. I don't really want to put myself through the second season again though.
posted by octothorpe at 1:25 PM on April 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


—Eddie goddamn Vedder.
—Michael Cera as Andy's son would be beyond perfect.
—David Duchovny's back, thank God.
—Also, seemingly every Lynch lead ever? Balthazar Getty, Naomi Watts(!!), Laura Dern(!!!!!!).

My hope is that TP17 comes out, is remotely non fanservicey, and is brilliant and alienating as fuck. Though "utterly fanservicey and brilliant and alienating as fuck" is also an acceptable route.
posted by rorgy at 1:26 PM on April 25, 2016 [23 favorites]


New shoes.
posted by MoonOrb at 1:27 PM on April 25, 2016 [6 favorites]


No Ian Buchanan, therefore no Dick Tremayne. Hooray!
posted by paper chromatographologist at 1:27 PM on April 25, 2016 [4 favorites]


They didn't make any more X-Files after the "Fight the Future" movie, right?

Cera as Baby Brennan? I love this idea.

Going by the cast list, it looks like the only Hayward sister we're getting in the show is Gersten (Alicia Witt). I guess they might recast Donna again like they did in FWWM, since I see no Lara Flynn Boyle, nor Moira Kelly. But if I'm being really honest, I really wanted to see Harriet (Jessica Wallenfells) again. Anybody know what happened to her?
posted by Strange Interlude at 1:28 PM on April 25, 2016


...yay?
posted by Kitteh at 1:28 PM on April 25, 2016


Octothorpe: Having just finished a rewatch two months ago, season 2 more than halfway holds up. The first chunk of it is some mixture of yechy and fantastic, and then there are six or so episodes that are staggeringly bad, and then (I forgot this) the show finds a really nice groove, which it holds onto until the baffling and incredible finale.

The movie also works really well as a capstone to the existing work, which I'd never appreciated before but found myself awed by on rewatch. It somehow answers all the questions I desperately needed answered, and ignores the rest.
posted by rorgy at 1:29 PM on April 25, 2016 [4 favorites]


I think this could potentially... be good!?
posted by codacorolla at 1:29 PM on April 25, 2016


(Also: if we're geeking out about musicians let's please talk about Sky fucking Ferreira, which delights me for the obvious reason of SKY FUCKING FERREIRA and for the far pettier reason that Lana Del Rey, after three albums of trying and failing to be a Lynch idol, was seemingly not invited to the party.)
posted by rorgy at 1:31 PM on April 25, 2016 [3 favorites]


No Ian Buchanan, therefore no Dick Tremayne. Hooray!


On the other hand, no Michael Ontkean. Sadness accrues.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 1:31 PM on April 25, 2016 [8 favorites]


I'll just repeat what I've said on Twitter: Reznor to play Killer BOB (or his successor, Killer JONNY).

Also, Ruth Radelet ? Oh man, does she have the voice for one of those weird musical moments Lynch likes so much.
posted by lmfsilva at 1:35 PM on April 25, 2016


No Joan Chen, either... so we presumably don't get to find out what happened to Jose.
posted by codacorolla at 1:35 PM on April 25, 2016 [4 favorites]


Seemingly nobody is talking about the fact that Charlyne Yi is listed! She is delightful!
posted by rorgy at 1:36 PM on April 25, 2016 [5 favorites]


Harry Dean Stanton! Yay!.
posted by octothorpe at 1:36 PM on April 25, 2016 [8 favorites]


Sharon Van Etten that's cool
posted by Annika Cicada at 1:37 PM on April 25, 2016 [3 favorites]


—David Duchovny's back, thank God.

I really, really hope Denise stays Denise bc the show's portrayal of a trans character and her relationship with a friend who only knew her as a dude and a bunch of smalltown folks she never met charmed the hell out of me long before I really had any idea about trans issues at all. I don't think I have, since, seen a trans character so ... accepted and normalized I guess?

And also Denise showing up to an undercover mission as David Duchovny In A Nice Suit, was brilliant and one of my favorite moments of TP.
posted by griphus at 1:38 PM on April 25, 2016 [12 favorites]


...so we presumably don't get to find out what happened to Jose.

Don't go antique shopping in Twin Peaks is all I'm saying.
posted by griphus at 1:38 PM on April 25, 2016 [10 favorites]


Yes, but how's Annie?
posted by tittergrrl at 1:39 PM on April 25, 2016 [4 favorites]


Odds of Michael Cera wearing that seedy little mustache of his on camera?
posted by entropicamericana at 1:39 PM on April 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


Oh this is going to suck big time, but I'm going to watch it anyway.
posted by cazoo at 1:40 PM on April 25, 2016


How's Annie? How's Annie?

Seriously, how are we going to find out how Annie is without Heather Graham? Or, for that matter, Leo Johnson as Eric Da Re isn't coming back. And since neither Lara Flynn Boyle nor Moira Kelly is on this list, does that mean Donna Hayward will be re-cast again?

The absence of Michael J. Anderson is baffling. How can he possibly be replaced?
posted by Doktor Zed at 1:40 PM on April 25, 2016 [4 favorites]


Odds of Michael Cera wearing that seedy little mustache of his on camera?

I don't got a whole lot of money, but it's all bet on this.
posted by codacorolla at 1:41 PM on April 25, 2016


Has any movie franchise or TV series returning after a long hiatus ever been good, let alone great?
posted by The Card Cheat at 1:45 PM on April 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


I really liked Heather Graham in Twin Peaks and will miss her, but if she was ever on the same screen as "George" Michael Cera she'd be adding ammunition to my Twin Peaks/Arrested Development crossover theories. Her absence is probably best for my mental health.
posted by rorgy at 1:46 PM on April 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


guys I have bad news it turns out the entire second episode will just be an hour of James Hurley languorously playing one of those huge f-hole rockabilly guitars and vocalizing into a 50s radio station mic
posted by griphus at 1:46 PM on April 25, 2016 [27 favorites]


Looks like Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agents Chester Desmond and Phillip Jeffries are still missing.
posted by Gerald Bostock at 1:46 PM on April 25, 2016


Lynch being Lynch I'm expecting this will answers zero of anyone's questions, that most returning actors are playing entirely new characters, the entire thing is shot of DV and looks like a potato, and 2/3 of the way through the season it just becomes a shot-for-shot remake of Arrested Development Season 4
posted by beerperson at 1:47 PM on April 25, 2016 [11 favorites]


Oh this is going to suck big time, but I'm going to watch it anyway.

Expectations checked. And yeah, it will probably suck.
posted by uraniumwilly at 1:47 PM on April 25, 2016


SCREW YOU GRIPHUS "JUST YOU AND I" IS A GODDAMN CLASSIC

Ahem. I'm also not seeing it mentioned nearly enough that Julee Cruise shows up in the cast list.

(How goddamn fitting is it that Cruise is going to show up alongside representatives of the contemporary synthpop scene? The whole thing is pretty much "try to sound like a Julee Cruise song" as-is. And I say that as the utmost of compliments. It's a real good scene that stole from a real good thing.)
posted by rorgy at 1:49 PM on April 25, 2016 [10 favorites]


Any word on whether that gum I like is back in style?
posted by ckape at 1:50 PM on April 25, 2016 [21 favorites]


Erg, I'm having trouble finding the source, but I think I read somewhere that Margaret Lanterman actually shot a few scenes for this before her death? *sigh* some of my favorite characters wont be coming back, soley because their actors aren't with us anymore.

Cera as Andy and Lucy's kid is the only way that casting decision makes sense. I was side eyeing that for a hot minute.

I really hope this doesn't suck.
posted by furnace.heart at 1:51 PM on April 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


I have faith in Lynch, he's not let me down yet. Ok so maybe some of season 2 was meh but that was the network's fault for making him reveal the killer early.
posted by Shikantaza at 1:51 PM on April 25, 2016


If they're bringing back Julee Cruise they better bring back the Tough Ass-Kickin' Biker Bar that for some reason booked Julee Cruise and gave her a leatherman hat.
posted by griphus at 1:53 PM on April 25, 2016 [6 favorites]


The absence of Michael J. Anderson is baffling. How can he possibly be replaced?

A post on his Facebook page from Februrary seems to indicate he and the Twin Peaks producers were not able to "strike a deal."
posted by aught at 1:53 PM on April 25, 2016


Looks like Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agents Chester Desmond and Phillip Jeffries are still missing.

I was thinking it would be in keeping with this pattern for Reznor and Vedder to be cast as FBI agents.
posted by aught at 1:55 PM on April 25, 2016 [5 favorites]


Key and Peele
posted by griphus at 1:56 PM on April 25, 2016 [6 favorites]


Has any movie franchise or TV series returning after a long hiatus ever been good, let alone great?

No (well, Fury Road?), but then again, none of the conventional rules apply when Lynch is at the helm. He will show you something you didn't ask for, and it will probably unmoor you. Whether that qualifies as "good" or "not good" will require a great deal of time and thought to contend with. See also: how we're only recently coming to terms with Fire Walk With Me being brilliant, possibly more brilliant than the show itself.
posted by naju at 1:57 PM on April 25, 2016 [10 favorites]


Key and Peele

But only if they play the same FBI agents they played on Fargo.
posted by Strange Interlude at 1:58 PM on April 25, 2016 [6 favorites]


and now I'm sad about Catherine Coulson's passing all over again

.

posted by schmod at 2:02 PM on April 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


They can become the new Det. John Munch
posted by griphus at 2:02 PM on April 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


Lynch being Lynch I'm expecting... the entire thing is shot of DV and looks like a potato

I also wondered if Lynch was sticking to his "digital style" for the revival, but the behind-the-scenes stuff that has snuck out suggests that he's going back to the look of his earlier work.

See this great photo that someone snapped on set and check out that classic Lynch frame in the monitor. Meanwhile, this brief snippet of surreptitiously shot footage shows a Steadicam at work.

P.S. The cinematographer on the new season is Peter Deming, who shot Lost Highway and Mulholland Dr., so expect it to look like that.
posted by alexoscar at 2:04 PM on April 25, 2016 [7 favorites]


Welcome To Twin Peaks has a look at the retuning cast. And of course, speculate if Cera is Andy and Lucy's kid.
posted by lmfsilva at 2:08 PM on April 25, 2016


SCREW YOU GRIPHUS "JUST YOU AND I" IS A GODDAMN CLASSIC

I always eagerly await the "wtf fresh hell is this" texts from whoever I talk into watching Twin Peaks. "Just You And I" and James' motorcycle trip are the Peaks freak's version of hazing.
posted by babelfish at 2:13 PM on April 25, 2016 [6 favorites]


The one good thing about James' trip, and the whole Evelyn saga, is that it's such a prime example of soap opera tripe that it makes Twin Peaks into a Complete Example of its form of drama, at once containing awful drama, a parody of awful drama, good drama, and the sublime fusion wherein melodrama, irony, and legitimately incisive plotting combine and become cinema that holds its own 25 years later. It also works as a real nice "fuck-you" capstone to ABC's forcing Lynch and Frost to reveal the killer.

This is all well and fine conceptually, but still concretely unwatchable. Which in turn makes it a nice refutation of the other critique of Lynch/Twin Peaks, which is that it's artsy and weird in a way that's only interesting if you're pretentious and up your own ass. Nope! Only the bad part is! The rest is artsy and weird and compulsively entertaining!

But the hate of Just You and I is genuinely strange to me. That was one of my favorite scenes when I first watched the show, and it keeps being basically that. It's in a Lynch-directed episode, unsurprisingly; pausing a narrative to have a character sing something that winds up revealing both emotional undertones and subtle character traits has been his go-to since Eraserhead.
posted by rorgy at 2:20 PM on April 25, 2016 [8 favorites]


P.S. The cinematographer on the new season is Peter Deming, who shot Lost Highway and Mulholland Dr., so expect it to look like that.

Oh mama...
posted by codacorolla at 2:23 PM on April 25, 2016 [3 favorites]


The one good thing about James' trip, and the whole Evelyn saga, is that it's such a prime example of soap opera tripe that it makes Twin Peaks into a Complete Example of its form of drama, at once containing awful drama, a parody of awful drama, good drama, and the sublime fusion wherein melodrama, irony, and legitimately incisive plotting combine and become cinema that holds its own 25 years later. It also works as a real nice "fuck-you" capstone to ABC's forcing Lynch and Frost to reveal the killer.

rorgy, you have just blown my mind.

I told you that gum you liked was going to come back into style... Now I have to go, a bag is smiling at me, and there is an owl outside my window...

*traffic_lights_change.gif*
posted by marienbad at 2:26 PM on April 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Wait, are we speculating that Michael Cera is playing Andy and Lucy's kid, or if through some interdimensional weirdness Michael Cera is literally Andy and Lucy's kid? Either seems equally likely at this point.
posted by ckape at 2:39 PM on April 25, 2016 [3 favorites]


So Season 2 was its own "Invitation to Love?"
posted by infinitewindow at 2:39 PM on April 25, 2016 [5 favorites]


The opening shot of FWWM is a TV being smashed, after all.
posted by codacorolla at 2:41 PM on April 25, 2016 [3 favorites]


Why is nobody talking about how good the coffee is? I need to know if it's just fine, or damn fine.
posted by Sphinx at 2:43 PM on April 25, 2016




I hope they use the Fantomas version as the theme.
posted by Existential Dread at 2:47 PM on April 25, 2016


Has any movie franchise or TV series returning after a long hiatus ever been good, let alone great?

Futurama.

I would argue Family Guy Redux gave us more of Family Guy, for better or for worse.

Outside of that, I'd say we're working with a vanishingly small sample size. How many shows have been brought back after a long hiatus? Fewer than 10?
posted by panama joe at 2:47 PM on April 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Do we count the breaks between new Venture Bros seasons?
posted by Existential Dread at 2:48 PM on April 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


Wendy Robie and Everett McGill are back (Nadine and Big Ed Hurley). Pretty obvious the new season will serve as the long-awaited bridge between People Under the Stairs and its prequel, Twin Peaks.
posted by duffell at 2:59 PM on April 25, 2016 [6 favorites]


I know people will complain about this in the same way they complained about the perceived shortcomings of the original's season 2. But goddammit, this was a CORPORATE ENTITY allowing weird artsy people to do some seriously weird stuff, during prime time, and no, not all of it worked, but it was a high-wire act and I'm glad they did it. Even if I wish I had never seen David Duchovny in drag.

But on the whole, "Twin Peaks" was one of the defining creative acts of our time. It certainly influenced me more than almost anything else. And I will watch this with the faith of a fan, and you know what? Even if it objectively sucks, I will probably love it. Because I absolutely adore people who take artistic chances.
posted by jbickers at 3:00 PM on April 25, 2016 [3 favorites]


Has any movie franchise or TV series returning after a long hiatus ever been good, let alone great?

ooooohhhhhh-WEEEEEE-ooooohhhhhh ......
posted by jbickers at 3:01 PM on April 25, 2016 [5 favorites]


As always comes up when reboot discussions happen...Battlestar Gallactica was the prime example. Doctor Who, Star Trek, Stargate (I really liked SGU) are other good examples. I have hope that with Lynch at the helm, we will be getting the Twin Peaks we never knew we wanted. I am optimistic.
posted by Benway at 3:10 PM on April 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


This new series really reflects the times. In the first episode, BOB manages to book up The Black Lodge on Airbnb.
posted by dr_dank at 3:12 PM on April 25, 2016 [9 favorites]


Also, John Ennis! Let us never forget his finest moment.
posted by duffell at 3:12 PM on April 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


This new series really reflects the times. In the first episode, BOB manages to book up The Black Lodge on Airbnb.

Ha. I hope it manages to be mystifyingly free of cellphones or internet, stuck curiously between the twin poles of the '50s and '90s as well as some other indefinable era, isolated from the larger world and its trends and conversations.
posted by naju at 3:21 PM on April 25, 2016 [12 favorites]


I really have no desire to see this come to fruition. I wish this series had been left alone. That being said, as someone who has double-dipped twice in purchasing box sets of the original series (both DVD and BLU), I'm sure I'll still end up watching this because I'm a sucker for all things David Lynch.
posted by Fizz at 3:30 PM on April 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Has any movie franchise or TV series returning after a long hiatus ever been good, let alone great?

Arrested Development, which Michael Cera was also involved in. So...

Just remember, there's always money in the banana stand.
posted by krinklyfig at 3:37 PM on April 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


If I was Lynch and I wanted to really mess with people, I'd reveal a whole bunch of close-but-fake trailers with cast members playing roles they aren't actually playing and reveal nothing else about the show until it airs. I mean, we'ver waited this long, torture us some more.
posted by Nanukthedog at 3:40 PM on April 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


Has any movie franchise or TV series returning after a long hiatus ever been good, let alone great?

Fargo.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 3:50 PM on April 25, 2016 [9 favorites]


I don't want to start a fight, but Doctor Who?

There was also Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, but the handful of us who grew up in Britain in the early seventies will have to thrash that one out amongst us. Similarly In Sickness and In Health, which I thought had its moments. And there were four years between the two series of Fawlty Towers, which was an age in those days.

This is such a Lynch reunion piece it's making me bit nervous (there's someone to represent everything he's done, I think, apart from Elephant Man. I assume that at 88 years old, Freddie Jones can't travel that far). I'm glad to see all those people working together on this, but...
posted by Grangousier at 3:58 PM on April 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Catherine Coulson (The Log Lady) is on the list. Looks like she filmed something before she passed. Some solace.
posted by crossoverman at 4:45 PM on April 25, 2016 [5 favorites]


there's someone to represent everything he's done, I think, apart from Elephant Man

I assume Mel Brooks plays a fish in a percolator
posted by beerperson at 4:57 PM on April 25, 2016 [6 favorites]


Wow, that's great, they're bringing back Ray Wise. I guess that means tormented souls in the Black Lodge and/or flashbacks. And Carel Struycken!
posted by mubba at 5:09 PM on April 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


The return was originally announced as 9 episodes, then there was rumour of 18 episodes. I think Showtime has given Lynch/Frost carte blanche and we won't really know how long the season (or seasons) is until they're done editing. But how do you fit 217 actors into a show? I bet a bunch will be on stage at the Roadhouse and others on the "Invitation to Love" reboot.
posted by crossoverman at 6:23 PM on April 25, 2016


There was an open extras call on CL last fall. I had a no-date-flex trip out of town slated. I am still bummed that I let David down.
posted by mwhybark at 6:54 PM on April 25, 2016


Has any movie franchise or TV series returning after a long hiatus ever been good, let alone great?

I see that this has been well-addressed above but strangely no one has mentioned the Gilligan's Island reunion and legacy projects.
posted by mwhybark at 7:02 PM on April 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


This is going to be the best SCTV remake ever.
posted by benzenedream at 7:42 PM on April 25, 2016


I'm definitely looking forward to this, but there's no way it can be as good as the original run without Pete Martell. RIP Jack Nance :(
posted by dialetheia at 9:43 PM on April 25, 2016


no one has mentioned the Gilligan's Island reunion and legacy projects

The Bradys!
posted by mrgrimm at 10:05 PM on April 25, 2016


You know, my opinion and enthusiasm for NuWho has waxed and waned and gotten revisionist all over itself more than once in all kinds of directions, but "Blink" makes up for it all.

I was beyond obsessed with Twin Peaks when it was on first run. Most of my work was, too, and the morning after it was on was always a lot of fun with a lot of notes being compared and speculations being offered and all kinds of stuff. I mean, there were only like 5 television channels at that point, so it was a lot easier for everyone to be watching the same thing.

Been meaning to do a rewatch for a while (got the gold slipcase DVD set when it was released), so maybe that's something to do for a while. Not a marathon. Just a slow rewatch.

Truly looking forward to this. Lynch is a director that I truly love and I truly hate and I truly love to hate and truly hate to love. naju said upthread "He will show you something you didn't ask for, and it will probably unmoor you." That has been the case with absolutely every Lynch thing I have ever seen (well, except for that shitty Duran Duran concert thing he directed). Some of it has been stuff I sort of wish I had never seen. Others of it is stuff that I have been grateful to experience. Sometimes my appreciation has come a long time afterward.

*shrug* I dunno. I have been excited about this for a while. Lynch has been thinking about this for 25 years, and assembling the original team as much as possible was very important to him, as was the quality of the project. It's going to be Epic Lynch.

I don't know whether to cower or celebrate.
posted by hippybear at 1:02 AM on April 26, 2016


(Teetering on the brink of going all deraily - hence the parentheses - but whether or not one likes what has come out of NuWho (and I'm one of those people for whom the last couple of seasons have been some of the most interesting and exploratory television in years), the point is that it's not been a dismal failure either artistically or commercially, proving that it is possible for a series to be revived and be more than a faded photocopy of what we think the original to have been.)
posted by Grangousier at 2:14 AM on April 26, 2016 [2 favorites]


strangely no one has mentioned the Gilligan's Island reunion and legacy projects.

Agent Dale Cooper Meets The Harlem Globetrotters
posted by Greg Nog at 7:04 AM on April 26, 2016 [4 favorites]


Black Lodge/White Collar
posted by griphus at 7:54 AM on April 26, 2016


The new series will revisit all of the little mysteries that never got worked out in the original. No, I'm not talking about, like, "What happened to Josie?" More like "Just how did that fish make its way into the percolator, anyway?" 20-30 episodes of this.
posted by duffell at 9:29 AM on April 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


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