Naomi Watts reunites with David Lynch for Twin Peaks

The population of Twin Peaks gets a new resident in the Mulholland Drive actress.

Naomi Watts
Watts up? Naomi is joining the Twin Peaks cast. Image Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Actress Naomi Watts is reuniting with David Lynch to star in the new series of Twin Peaks.

Watts shot to fame in 2001 when she starred in Lynch’s critically-acclaimed Mulholland Drive as an aspiring actress with multiple personalities. No details on Watts’s role have been revealed in the initial announcement from Deadline.

Tom Sizemore has also joined the cast in an undisclosed part.

Lynch, who is directing and producing the Twin Peaks revival for Showtime, is expected to reprise his role as FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole in the 18 episode run. Twin Peaks will premiere on Showtime in the US in 2017, with original cast members Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee and Mädchen Amick returning to the show.

Newcomers include Balthazar Getty, Amanda Seyfried and Lynch regular Laura Dern.

Twin Peaks writer Mark Frost revealed that the new series won’t be a reboot or remake, instead picking up 25 years after the events of the final series in 1991. MacLachlan, who played coffee-loving FBI agent Dale Cooper, said that Lynch and Frost had something special in store with the new series.

“I was completely surprised when David said, ‘it looks like we’re going to return,’ and I was very excited for two reasons really,” he said.

“One is the character of Dale Cooper, which is a lot of fun and the world of Twin Peaks. Secondly, the chance to work with David again because we haven’t worked together as actor/director for 25 years roughly.

“So it’s been a while. I missed that relationship very much… I can certainly say without hesitation, it’s going to be amazing.”

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