According to the Comic Book Resources website, the casting was announced yesterday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. MacLachlan appeared on stage during the cable network’s presentation to confirm that he’ll reprise his role of Special Agent Dale Cooper – the lead character and lead investigator of the two-year mystery series from David Lynch and Mark Frost that melted America’s minds over two decades ago.
Twin Peaks will air in 2016, 25 years after the original series. “I think, in David’s mind, 25 years was the magic number,” said Showtime executive David Nevins. “He pays attention to that kind of numerology in a big way.”
For his part MacLachlan joked, “May the forest be with you” before Showtime released a new photo of the actor enjoying a damn fine cup of coffee.
Of course, MacLachlan is a longtime collaborator of Lynch’s going back to serving as the lead in the director’s cult sci-fi epic Dune. He currently appears as a mysterious (though confirmed to fans) comic book villain in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Twin Peaks revival will be entirely written by Frost and Lynch and entirely directed by Lynch. It begins filming later this year.
Oh, I'll be counting down the days!