We haven't heard anything official regarding Showtime's Twin Peaks revival lately, but set photos started to surface last month in North Bend, Washington, with a report claiming that production would take place there for six weeks, before moving to Los Angeles. Showtime has yet to confirm that filming is under way, but today we have a new report from Deadline that reveals Jennifer Jason Leigh has joined the cast. The actress was spotted filming a scene in the Mojave Desert last night with Kyle MacLachlan, while original series star Sheryl Lee, who played Laura Palmer, was also seen on the set.
The site also reports that series co-creator David Lynch has been trying to get A-list movie stars to join the cast, including Naomi Watts. The actress actually had her big break in the critically-acclaimed 2001 film Mulholland Dr., directed by David Lynch. It isn't known what other actors and actresses the filmmaker is seeking for roles in Twin Peaks.
As of now, Kyle MacLachlan is the only confirmed cast member, but there have been rumors that Mädchen Amick (Shelly Johnson), Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne) and Dana Ashbrook (Bobby Brooks) will reprise their roles as well. Amanda Seyfried is rumored to be playing a brand new character, possibly the daughter of Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) and Annie Blackburn (Heather Graham). Other rumored new cast members include Balthazar Getty, Robert Knepper, Robert Forster and Peter Sarsgaard.
It has been rumored that Robert Forster may be taking over for Michael Ontkean as Sheriff Harry S. Truman, since the original actor has long since retired from acting. There is also speculation that he may just be playing a new lawman character that has taken over for Truman. Another rumor claimed that Balthazar Getty may be playing an existing character, but no details have surfaced regarding his role, or any of the other new characters. Nothing has been confirmed as of yet, and with production already underway, hopefully Showtime will unveil official details soon.
David Lynch is directing co-wrote the series with Mark Frost, with the writers creating one massive script that will be shot as one long movie. The show will later be broken up into installments after it is shot. At this time, an exact episode count has not been confirmed. Jennifer Jason Leigh recently starred in the indie comedy Welcome to Me, and she will next be seen in The Hateful Eight and Anomalisa. Naomi Watts is coming off The Divergent Series: Allegiant, and she also stars in the upcoming Demolition and The Divergent Series: Ascendant.