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There have been setbacks, postponements and walkouts, but the revival of cult classic Twin Peaks is still on, with new stars such as Ashley Judd, Naomi Watts and Michael Cera joining the original cast members.

Showtime released the entire 217-strong cast list yesterday (April 25) to celebrate the end of filming, and it makes some pretty interesting reading.

While we already knew Kyle MacLachlan would be reprising the role of damn-fine-cup-of-coffee-loving FBI Agent Dale Cooper, the list indicates he will be rejoined by Sherilyn Fenn, Peggy Lipton and Sheryl Lee from the original series, despite the latter playing Laura Palmer, who, without giving away any major spoilers, we think it’s safe to say has probably not been up to much in the 25 years since we last saw her.

David Duchovny, Alicia Witt, and David Patrick Kelly, who all played minor roles, will also be returning, as well as Harry Dean Stanton, who appeared in the big screen version, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.

New cast members include Hollywood types like Ashley Judd, Amanda Seyfried, Naomi Watts, Tom Sizemore, and Jennifer Jason Leigh; quirkier choices like Michael Cera, Laura Dern, and Matthew Lillard; not to mention some musicians, like Eddie Vedder and Trent Reznor.

There’s even a part for the legendary Log Lady, whose scenes were filmed before actor Catherine E. Coulson died last year.

But there’s one glaring omission: the new season, set 25 years after the story last ended, will apparently not include Lara Flynn Boyle, who played Laura Palmer’s best friend Donna Hayward.

Original creators David Lynch and Mark Frost are firmly back in charge, however, having written what’s being billed as a “limited series” due to air in 2017 on Showtime.

And with a cast this huge and varied, we expect this revival will be every bit as bonkers as the original seasons.

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Filed Under: David Lynch, Twin Peaks
By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.