David Lynch’s new “Twin Peaks” series comes to Showtime next year, and we’re already getting bits of information about it, mainly that principal photography has concluded, and the release of the full 217-member cast list. That list promised a host of surprises, including fresh new additions like Michael Cera, Naomi Watts, and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, but it also confirmed who wouldn’t be returning to the series, including Piper Laurie’s Catherine Martell and Joan Chen’s Josie. Now in an article for EW, the cast members not returning to “Twin Peaks” speak out. Laurie said she “made it very clear to David and the team that I would be delighted to come back,” and that she even sent a note to Lynch, but she thinks “most of the material that I was in on the original didn’t really involve the darker aspects of the show, and I can guess maybe that;s where David and Mark Frost are going, but I really don’t know.”
Meanwhile, a source confirmed that Chen was “not asked to return” and that Lynch “couldn’t find something for her or Piper Laurie that would make sense.” Also not returning are Heather Graham and Michael J. Anderson, who played Norma Jennings’ sister Annie Blackburn and The Man From Another Place respectively; both of whom declined to comment about their absence from the new series.
The new “Twin Peaks” series will be the first David Lynch project since 2006’s “Inland Empire.” He will direct and co-write with Mark Frost all the episodes.