In news that is sure to disappoint a lot of longtime Twin Peaks fans, it is being reported today that one of the actors behind a major character has declined to reprise his role for this Showtime revival. When Twin Peaks returns in summer 2017, there will be a new Sheriff in town. But it sounds like his replacement might not be too shabby.
According to TVLine, Michael Ontkean has decided to sit this latest incarnation of the cult series out completely. In the original Twin Peaks, which ran for only two seasons on ABC between April, 1990 and June, 1991, the actor appeared in the beloved role of Sheriff Harry S. Truman. The character might not get retired, though.
Rumor has it that iconic cult actor Robert Forster is being courted to step into the very large shoes of Sheriff Truman. Though, there is some speculation that he may actually be playing a new lawman in the troubled town of Twin Peaks. In honoring both the fans and the series, David Lynch may decided to bury Truman for good. About Michael Ontkean declining an offer to return, a source close to the actor had this to say.
"Michael is fully retired from show business, and has been for many years."
Michael Ontkean's absence will certainly be felt by anyone who has already embarked on the earlier journey held within the frame work of Twin Peaks. But true hardcore fans will also likely welcome the presence of Robert Forster, perhaps best known for Quentin Tarantino's 1997 drama Jackie Brown. As legend has it, David Lynch originally wanted Robert Forster to play the role of Sheriff Truman. The director would later hire the actor to play a cop in his 2001 thriller Mulholland Dr..
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Though not officially confirmed to be boarding Showtime's Twin Peaks revival, if he does sign on, Robert Forster will be joining other new cast members that include Peter Sarsgaard, star of The Slap and The Killing, Robert Knepper, who has repellently appeared on such hit shows as Public Morals, Texas Rising, Arrow and The Flash, and previous David Lynch collaborator Balthazar Getty, who starred in the director's 1997 thriller Lost Highway. The biggest casting announcement thus far is the addition of Amanda Seyfried in a mystery role. She is speculated to be Agent Cooper's daughter.
Thus far, the only official casting confirmation Showtime has made for their Twin Peaks revival is Kyle MacLachlan, who will be reprising his iconic role as Agent Dale Cooper. David Lynch co-wrote all the episodes with Mark Frost. The season has been penned as one long movie, and will be broken up into installments after it is shot. At this time, an exact episode count has not been confirmed. David Lynch is directing the entire thing, with shooting already underway in Washington State.