Twin Peaks Recasts Major Character For Season 3 Revival

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Credit: ABC

In the on again, off again world of Twin Peaks season 3, one thing to be thankful for is that filming has started. As with all things Twin Peaks related though, we know very little of what’s in store for the residents of the creepy town other than that damn fine coffee and cherry pie will likely be involved.

Director and co-creator David Lynch has pleaded with fans to keep photos taken on location a secret and so far that seems to have worked. He has also refused to confirm which original cast members are returning past Kyle MacLachlan in his starring role of Special Agent Dale Cooper. We do know there will be new cast members; which is understandable since it’s to be expected that the town has gained some new residents in the last 25 years.

Balthazar Getty, Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard will all join the cast, but there is one inaugural member who won’t be back: Michael Ontkean has opted not to reprise his role of Sheriff Harry S. Truman.

According to TVLine, Lynch has instead added Heroes star Robert Forster to the roster. Though they are saying the role of Truman is recast, it’s actually not clear at this point whether Forster will be taking over the part or playing a new Sheriff but either way, Ontkean won’t be back. A source close to the actor reports that “Michael is fully retired from show business, and has been for many years.” In a bizarre twist, Lynch originally wanted Forster for the role of Truman when the first series was cast.

Retired or not, one would have thought when something as epic as this happens, you’d make every effort to return, especially when your character was so well-loved but hey, he must have his reasons. Still, it comes as a bit of a blow to fans of the show. Of course, another beloved character who won’t be back is Log Lady, after actress Catherine E. Coulson passed away last month. She had been due to join the revival.

Twin Peaks continues to film in Washington State, with the 18 new episodes, all directed by Lynch, expected to air on Showtime in early 2017.