It’s official: Kyle MacLachlan is set to return to Twin Peaks to reprise his role as the ever-curious Special Agent Dale Cooper when the show returns as a limited-run Showtime series next year. The actor announced the news during the channel’s Television Critics Association presentation and one of the series’ creators, David Lynch, quickly shared the news online with a tweet.
“I’m very excited to return to the strange and wonderful world of Twin Peaks,” MacLachlan said at the event, according to Deadline. And, in a way mysterious enough for the show, added “May the forest be with you.” (Show creators Lynch and Mark Frost both wrote that line in their own tweets when they announced the show’s return last October.)
HitFix reports the actor also reportedly approached Showtime president David Nevins and referenced a popular line from the show, telling him, “I think you need a damn good cup of coffee.”
The nine-episode run will go into production this year with an eye toward premiering in 2016, the year that marks the 25th anniversary of the final installment of the beloved cult drama’s original run. Lynch and Frost are writing and producing the series, and Lynch will direct each episode. Beyond MacLachlan, no other cast members have confirmed involvement on the new run.
Appropriately, Nevins described his role in the making of the new Twin Peaks as “More or less writing checks and leaving them alone.” He added, “It’s David’s show; it’s Mark’s show. I will be the grateful recipient of it.” He also attempted to explain just why the show is returning 25 years later: “25 years was the magic number [for Lynch],” Nevins said, according to IndieWire. “He pays attention to that numerology in a big way.”