Much like the finale of the second series 25 years ago, the long awaited third series of Twin Peaks is shrouded in mystery.

CBS Studios International has, however, brought its star, Kyle MacLachlan — aka FBI Agent Dale Cooper — into Cannes to whet global appetites for what must surely be one of the most hotly anticipated returns in TV history.

What is known is that the new series of the cult 1990s drama has just finished filming, will air in 2017 on Showtime in the US and is directed by David Lynch, who also wrote and exec produced the show with fellow series creator Mark Frost. In terms of plot, the action picks up 25 years after the good citizens of Twin Peaks wake up to find their homecoming queen, Laura Palmer, brutally murdered. And the rest, so far, is mystery.

The other certainly is that MacLachlan was “excited, pleased and grateful” to be back on the set of Twin Peaks after a 25-year hiatus. “It was thrilling not only to revisit the character of Dale Cooper, but also to have the chance to work with people that, in many cases, I hadn’t seen for 25 years,” he said, talking exclusively to the MIPCOM News. “I went to work every day on the new series with a tremendous amount of excitement and gratitude — not only to be working, but to be working with my friend David Lynch, which is always very special.”

MacLachlan said Cooper is one of the most complex and interesting characters he has ever played: “There are so many facets about him that are unexpected: his oblique sense of humour, his fascination with the minutiae of life, his observation skills… It’s all part of what makes him such a good investigator, but I think he’s a cut above that. He operates on another level of perception.”

As to what he remembers most clearly from the first series of Twin Peaks, MacLachlan said: “The unexpected and explosive public response. The way people instantly embraced the show was completely unexpected. It was a wonderful experience.

This and more in the second edition of the MIPCOM News, online here!

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