Showtime released a mesmeric and harrowing teaser last week, and in typically obtuse David Lynch fashion, one of the cast members featured did not comprise the 217-strong list of actors confirmed last year.
At the 0:29 mark, we see a forlorn figure in a darkened room, with a bizarrely dissonant expression plastered on her face. She is gurning almost comically, her bottom lip covering her entire mouth, but her eyes tell a more sinister story, looking downward with a glib blink. Internet sleuths have revealed her identity as Kathleen Deming (us neither). Details of her role are unknown - most everything about The Return is shrouded in mystery - but her appearance raises faint hopes of further surprises. The show has past form.
Piper Laurie returned to season two under the retrospectively dubious yellow-face of Mr. Tojamura - and Lynch insisted that the portrayal was kept secret from the rest of the cast. Most figured out the ruse within hours (with the notable exception of Jack 'Pete Martell' Nance, God rest his soul) but an attempt was made to also keep viewers in the dark (Laurie's appearances went uncredited prior to the reveal).
Laurie isn't on the released cast list, but that evidently means little in both 1991 and 2017. One need look (or rather, don't) no further at Michael J Anderson's Facebook page as proof that there's no long con here, and that he will not be appearing - but there is evident scope for surprises elsewhere.