Fabelmans, The: Spielberg Casts David Lynch in Acting Role

Spielberg’s ‘The Fabelmans’ Casts David Lynch in Acting Role

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David Lynch has joined the cast of Spielberg’s upcoming drama The Fabelmans, but his role remains a guarded secret.

The Fabelmans mark the first collaboration between Lynch and Spielberg, both seminal directors who emerged in the 1970s.

Lynch has drawn acclaim for directing films such as “Mulholland Drive,” “Eraserhead,” “Blue Velvet,” “The Straight Story” and “Lost Highway.”

His 1980 historical drama The Elephant Man received eight Oscar nominations, including one for Lynch’s directing, while his crime romance “Wild at Heart” won the Palme d’Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Fest. Lynch received a second Oscar nomination for best director for “Mulholland Drive.”

His most recent feature, “Inland Empire,” was released in 2006, to great acclaim from critics groups.

Lynch is also behind the television series “Twin Peaks,” which he co-created with Mark Frost. Lynch directed six episodes in the series’ two-season run in the 1990’s, as well as the 1992 prequel film “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.”

In 2017, Lynch returned to “Twin Peaks,” directing 18-episode sequel series for Showtime.

Beyond directing, Lynch has done some acting. He played FBI agent Gordon Cole across all iterations of “Twin Peaks” and his other credits range from guest appearances on “Louie” and “The Cleveland Show” to a supporting role in the 2017 Harry Dean Stanton vehicle “Lucky.”

Though Spielberg is immersed in awards conversation for his reimagining of “West Side Story,” he is in post-production on The Fabelmans.

Universal Pictures has set a release date around the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

While plot details remain under wraps, The Fabelmans is described as a semi-autobiographical project, drawing from Spielberg’s time growing up in Arizona.

Lynch joins a cast that includes Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Paul Dano, Julia Butters and newcomer Gabriel LaBelle.

Williams and Dano are expected to take on characters drawn from Spielberg’s parents, while Rogen’s role is said to be influenced by Spielberg’s uncle. LaBelle stars as aspiring filmmaker Sammy, a Spielberg analog, while Butters portrays his sister, Anne.

The Fabelmans ensemble also features Judd Hirsch, Sam Rechner, Oakes Fegley, Chloe East, Julia Butters, Jeannie Berlin, Robin Bartlett, Jonathan Hadary and Isabelle Kusman.

Spielberg co-wrote the script with his frequent collaborator, Tony Kushner, marking the director’s first screenplay credit since 2001’s “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.”

The pair recently teamed on “West Side Story,” with previous collaborations including 2005’s “Munich” and 2012’s “Lincoln.” Spielberg and Kushner also serve as producers, alongside Kristie Macosko Krieger.