With only 10 days to go until Twin Peaks‘s premiere on Showtime on May 21, David Lynch appears to have decided it’s time to start pouring out the teasers; this time around, he’s even starring in one himself. After sustaining fans with a mere atmospheric tracking shot of a forest in way of new developments of the show’s revivals a few weeks ago, so far this month, Showtime has released some much meatier trailers—even if they’ve both lasted less than a minute.
That started with taking us once again around the terrain, from the Double R Diner to Fat Trout trailer park, and confirming that the drama will once again go down in the town of Twin Peaks. Then, just a few days later came more: Actual human beings, like a sulking “Big” Ed Hurley (Everett McGill), a decidedly white-haired Deputy Tommy “Hawk” Hill (Michael Horse), and, of course, Kyle MacLachlan’s Agent Dale Cooper.
And on Thursday, at long last, a new trailer is finally showing us just a bit more, even surpassing the minute mark. Starting with a terrifying shot up the staircase in Laura Palmer’s house, Bob potentially lurking out of sight, it features a harried, gray-haired Deputy Andy Brennan arriving at the Sheriff’s with a picnic basket, a woman in hoop earrings who looks like she’s poised to be the new Norma, and a blonde on a bed who just might be the new Audrey Horne. And then, of course, there’s Lynch, who’s seated at a conference table in his role of the hard of hearing bureau chief Gordon Cole, who only says one word, but still manages to yell.
There’s no dialogue in the whole thing, really, but then again, that might be asking too much; we’ve already had a rare dose of Twin Peaks developments this week, including the unfortunate news that the actor Michael Parks, who played the French-Canadian drug runner Jean Renault, died at 77, joining Margaret Lanterman, aka the Log Lady, on the list of now deceased cast members. (If you’re struggling to remember which Renault Jean was amidst the many enigmas on the show, you might recall that he made his on-screen appearance by waking up Audrey Horne with a handful of caramels.)
There’s been some much better news mixed in there, too: also on Thursday, we got an idea of what the show will sound like this time around, which so far doesn’t seem to include another personal appearance from Lynch, who also has two albums under his belt. Instead, the new soundtrack’s potential feature is an eerie, synth-filled single from Johnny Jewel, a frontman of the band Chromatics, which fans picked up on when one of the record label’s staffers tagged Twin Peaks in a tweet where she posted a clip. Still, the footage is Lynchian enough to justify an unofficial association; after all, as far as tweets are concerned, let the show remind us all that the owls—or birds, anyway—are not always what they seem.
David Lynch’s Heroines Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before
From left: Chrysta Bell wears Tiffany & Co. necklace. Hailey Gates wears Bulgari necklace. Laura Dern. Naomi Watts wears Robert Lee Morris SoHo earrings; Lagos necklace. Patricia Arquette wears Tiffany & Co. necklace.
Blue Velvet, Wild At Heart, Inland Empire, and Twin Peaks (2017) “I hadn’t read the script, but I knew the film was Blue Velvet. I was sitting on the floor, waiting to audition, and David walked out. I was startled by every aspect of him. He looked at me, and I was waiting for some magical words. He said, ‘I have to pee,’ and disappeared. When he came back, we talked about life and high school and meditation, and I was ready to audition—but that never happened. He said, ‘Thank you very much,’ and I left. Soon after, I got a call saying he wanted to meet me at Bob’s Big Boy to see if Kyle MacLachlan and I could get along. We ordered malts and french fries, and David was doodling on napkins while Kyle was doodling with a knife in his ketchup. A girl either thinks, These are bizarre men, or, I am in love with both these people and want to spend the rest of my life with them. Needless to say, I fell in love.”
Dern wears a Cartier necklace.
Naomi Watts wears Bottega Veneta dress; Robert Lee Morris SoHo earrings; Lagos necklace.
Mulholland Drive and Twin Peaks (2017) “I was in New York and my agent called and said, ‘You have a meeting with David Lynch.’ I didn’t believe in traveling or breaking plans for auditions, but this was David Lynch, and it’s not every day that you get that call. So I flew to Los Angeles and went straight from the plane to meet him. David had that intense ear-to-ear grin, and he was smoking up a storm. He said, ‘How’s your day? Tell me everything!’ I was at a point where I’d been auditioning for 10 years and people would barely make eye contact, but David was genuinely interested in me. I was there for 40 minutes. When I left that room, I thought, No matter what happens, I had a great meeting with a legend.”
Watts wears a Bottega Veneta dress; Robert Lee Morris SoHo earrings; Lagos necklace.
Lost Highway “During Lost Highway, I would ask David, ‘Am I playing two different people? Is one of them a ghost? A hallucination? Are they both real? What am I playing here?’ And he’d reply, ‘I don’t know, Patricia. What do you think?’ So I had to come up with a whole concept of what I thought Lost Highway was about. I decided to model these two characters after Salome and Jezebel, in the Bible. At some point, I told David that one should have dark hair and blunt-cut bangs like Bettie Page. David said, ‘Who is that?’ I turned him on to the famous nude pinup. David was like, ‘Wow. Bettie Page. She’s the bee’s knees.’ ”
Arquette wears a Tiffany & Co. necklace.
Twin Peaks (2017) “When he works, David Lynch uses a megaphone. Even if there are only three people in the room. I really like that kind of commitment. He’ll have a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, and he’ll say, through the megaphone, something like, ‘I need a little more danger in her face.’ At one point, he felt the table in front of me wasn’t quite dirty enough. He was on the megaphone: ‘Can I get some Bisquick?’ Someone came right over with the Bisquick, and David started rubbing a paste of gunk over the table. The cig was still hanging out of his mouth. That was one of my favorite moments.”
Gates wears Theodora Warre earrings; Bulgari necklace.
Twin Peaks (2017) “For a long time, I felt like I was swimming in a different lake than everybody else. I would look around me and think, Hmm, maybe I’m not from this land; maybe I should try and venture into some other dimension. I think that is one of the reasons that David and I get along. He functions in all these juicy, mystical, esoteric dimensions. When David asks me to be a part of things, it’s always a bit mysterious. Twin Peaks was no exception: He approached it with a little twinkle in his eye. I couldn’t do anything but say yes excitedly.”
Bell wears a Balmain dress.
From left: Patricia Arquette wears an Akris jacket and skirt; Tiffany & Co. necklace. Hailey Gates wears a Norma Kamali swim dress and skirt; Theodora Warre earrings; Bulgari necklace; Michael Kors Collection belt; Manolo Blahnik shoes. Chrysta Bell wears a Balmain dress; Tiffany & Co. necklace; Rochas shoes. Laura Dern wears a Monse dress; Cartier necklace; Manolo Blahnik shoes; her own ring. Naomi Watts wears a Bottega Veneta dress; Lagos necklace; Paul Andrew shoes.
See Laura Dern, Naomi Watts, Patricia Arquette, and Hailey Gates Open Up About Working with Legendary Director David Lynch: