Kyle MacLachlan recently attended the 2020 Sundance Film Festival to promote his role in Michael Almereyda’s period drama “Tesla,” in which he stars as Thomas Edison opposite Ethan Hawke’s Nikola Tesla. While stopping by the IndieWire Sundance Studio, presented by Dropbox, MacLachlan was asked about Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune,” which will be the second major film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science-fiction novel after David Lynch’s infamous 1984 film, which starred MacLachlan in the leading role of Paul Atreides. Indie favorite Timothée Chalamet is starring as the character in Villeneuve’s new film, marking Chalamet’s first time leading a big studio tentpole. MacLachlan said he’s excited to see what Chalamet does with the character. When asked if he’ll make a cameo in the film, MacLachlan ruled out the possibility with a blunt “no” (watch in the video interview above).
One thing MacLachlan will never rule out is a return to “Twin Peaks,” which aired its third season (“The Return”) on Showtime in 2017. “We were all really excited,” MacLachlan said of the third season, which was widely recognized as one of the best television programs of the decade. “The high point for me was being invited to Cannes with David Lynch and they showed the first two episodes as if it was a film. We had that experience. Ill never have it again. I couldn’t believe it. And I was standing there with my good friend David Lynch. It’s in an experience I’ll cherish forever.”
As for whether or not he will return as Cooper in a new season, MacLachlan has no idea and is leaving the possibility entirely up to David Lynch. “That is in the mind of David Lynch, where it will stay hidden,” the actor said. Whenever Lynch does call, whether it’s for “Twin Peaks” Season 4 or some other project, MacLachlan won’t hesitate to answer. “Twin Peaks” fans were abuzz last October on social media over rumors that Lynch had secretly started working on a new “Twin Peaks” season. If that’s true, MacLachlan isn’t giving anything away. For now, “Twin Peaks” fans will have to settle with re-watching the first three seasons.
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Watch IndieWire’s full video interview with MacLachlan from Sundance above.