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Before “Twin Peaks” season 3, prequel film “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” airs on Showtime in the US. According to showrunner David Lynch, the movie is required to be watched before the forthcoming 2017 season.

While announcing season 3, neither Lynch nor the cast of the show revealed much information about the plot of the upcoming season. However, Lynch recommended people to watch “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me,” the prequel film that was released in 1992.

The movie, which will be telecast on Showtime next month, showed investigation into the murder of Teresa Banks (Pamela Gidley) as well as the last seven days of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) before her death. The story for season 3 will take up from where the movie left off.

Directed and co-written by David Lynch along with Robert Engels, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” was made in order to fill in the gaps that the two seasons of the ABC show did not get to field. It showed the last seven days in the life of popular high school student Laura Palmer and unravelled Dale Cooper's (Kyle MacLachlan) fate in the finale episode of the series.

While the movie initially received negative reviews in the US, it has popularity gained in the subsequent years after its release. Now, the flick is counted among one of David Lynch’s major works.

Showtime will telecast the film on March 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET in the US. Furthermore, it will add the movie to its streaming and on-demand libraries on the same date. This will give the uninitiated the chance to recap the entire series before the 2017 season premiere.

Lara Flynn Boyle (Donna Hayward), who played the role of Laura's best friend, is not returning for season 3. The new storyline doesn't involve her role, Lynch said at Television Critics Association's (TCA) winter press tour. Most cast members from the original series appeared in the "Twin Peaks" movie. Boyle was also not present in the movie due to prior commitments.

Other cast members are also not returning for the same reason. They include Piper Laurie (Catherine Martell), Joan Chen (Josie Packard), Michael J Anderson (The Man from Another Place), Michael Ontkean (Sheriff Harry S Truman), Eric Da Re (Leo Johnson) and Heather Graham (Annie Blackburn).

Kyle MacLachlan, who played lead character Dale Cooper, will return in the forthcoming season. He was reportedly sceptical about doing “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” in fear of getting typecast. Consequently, his role as the quirky FBI agent investigating Laura’s murder was made smaller than what was originally planned.

“Twin Peaks” season 3 will be launched on Showtime on May 21 at 9 p.m. ET in the US. The 2017 season will be streamed on Stan in Australia at the same time (1 p.m. on May 22).

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