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david lynch’s new twin peaks cast announcement was low key and mind blowing

The director crammed 30 years of heroes into his recently announced cast list.

by Wendy Syfret
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26 April 2016, 5:06am

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This week David Lynch (kind of) put us out of our misery by finally releasing the full cast list for his Twin Peaks revival. Forgoing a traditional studio press release, or any well deserved fan-baiting event, the director chose to make the announcement as a bare alphabetised list of 217 names. So Lynchian.

Scrolling through the names it's obvious the director has managed to entice original cast members back, include some of his favorites and fold in an impressive selection of It-kids and starlets. Highlights include previous Lynch players Laura Dern and Naomi Watts, millennial favourites Michael Cera and Amanda Seyfried and a clutch of eclectic cult icons to make Quentin Tarantino jealous. We see you shining Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jim Belushi and Tim Roth.

But perhaps most encouraging for fans who are still regularly blasting the original show's haunting soundtrack are the musical highlights. Trent Reznor and his wife/sometimes band mate Mariqueen Maandig Reznor are there with fellow 90s hero Eddie Vedder. Sky Ferreira, Sharon Van Etten, Chromatics' Ruth Radelet and Au Revoir Simone's Annie Hart, Erika Forster, and Heather D'Angelo also feature.

It's good to know that if Lynch has any issues wrangling three decades of talent he has the bulk of his original cast on hand for support. Ray Wise, David Duchovny, Sherilyn Fenn, Miguel Ferrer, Mädchen Amick and Russ Tamblyn are all back. Catherine E. Coulson-aka the Log Lady-had already filmed a handful of scenes before she passed in 2015 so will also feature.

While some of the names are surprising, it's no shock that the cult filmmaker managed to draw in such a diverse and impressive cast. But his focus on many established and blooming musical stars is interesting.

The original series has emerged as a musical slow burn, with it's haunting and ethereal Angelo Badalamenti score being endlessly referenced in the years since the show wrapped. Some of the most notably Twin Peaks musical shout-outs have been Nicholas Jaar and Mount Eerie's inclusion of the soundtrack in their arrangements, and EL-P and DJ Shadow's dialog samples. Sky Ferreira has made her love of the show so well known through her music we wonder if David Lynch picked up her hints. Her 2013 album Night Time, My Time took part of its lyrical content and title from the Twin Peaks prequel Fire Walk with Me.

So, along with a stellar reboot we can probably look forward to another wave of Twin Peaks inspired tunes. Oh and incase you were wondering, yes Julee Cruise-the original Road House chanceuse-will be back too, just to show the new kids how it's done.

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