Israeli Actor Alon Aboutboul Named in New 'Twin Peaks' Cast

U.S. drama series slated to return with 217-strong cast.

Ran Mendelson

Israeli actor Alon Aboutboul will join the cast of “Twin Peaks” when it embarks on its new season after 26 years off the air. The full cast list, with 217 members, was published on Monday. The series, which will once again be directed by David Lynch, will begin airing again next year.

The new season will include several actors from the original series, including Kyle MacLachlan (in the role of FBI agent Dale Cooper) and David Duchovny – though not Lara Flynn Boyle, the original series’ co-star. The newcomers, in addition to Aboutboul, will include Monica Bellucci, Laura Dern, Michael Cera, Naomi Watts and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The cast will also include two well-known musicians: Eddie Vedder, soloist for the band Pearl Jam, and Trent Reznor, frontman for the band Nine Inch Nails.

It isn’t yet clear what role Aboutboul will be playing. It’s also not yet clear whether Lynch will reprise his role as FBI agent Gordon Cole. But in happy news for fans of the series, Catherine Coulson did manage to film her part as the “log lady” before passing away earlier this year.

Aboutboul, who has been going back and forth between Israel and Hollywood for the past few years, has appeared in several Hollywood films, including the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises.” He has also played supporting roles in several television series, including “The Leftovers” (season two), “The Blacklist” and “Dig.” In addition, he has continued to appear in Israeli films and TV series, including the series “Betoolot” and the films “A Place in Heaven” and “She Is Coming Home.”

The new season of “Twin Peaks” is expected to be set about two decades after the original. In an interview with the online entertainment news magazine Deadline, producer Mike Frost confirmed that the new season would center on one main crime.

Like many other series that have been brought back to life after going off the air – examples include “The X-Files,” “Gilmore Girls” and “Full House” – the return of “Twin Peaks” has stirred a great deal of excitement, but also fears that the new version will not be able to replicate the original’s charm.