Dune: The Sisterhood has found its leading ladies.
According to Deadline, Emily Watson (Chernobyl) and Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle in the Harry Potter films) will lead the cast of HBO Max’s Dune: The Sisterhood. Watson and Henderson will portray Valya Harkonnen and Tula Harkonnen, respectively, “the formidable Harkonnen Sisters, who have risen to power in the Sisterhood, a secret organization of women who will go on to become the Bene Gesserit.”
Based on Frank Herbert’s classic novel, the series is “set 10,000 years before the ascension of Paul Atreides and follows the Harkonnen Sisters, played by Watson and Henderson, as they combat forces that threaten the future of humankind, and establish the fabled sect known as the Bene Gesserit.”
Diane Ademu-John serves as creator, writer, co-showrunner and executive producer of The Sisterhood. Alison Schapker serves as co-showrunner and executive producer. Johan Renck will direct the premiere episode. Denis Villeneuve, who directed, co-wrote and produced the 2021 Dune film, is also on board as an executive producer.
Villeneuve is currently hard at work filming Dune: Part Two, the sequel to the 2021 film which will adapt the second half of Herbert’s 1965 novel. The upcoming film’s ensemble cast features Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken, Austin Butler, and Léa Seydoux. Warner Bros. and Legendary will release Dune: Part Two in theaters on November 17, 2023.
No release date has been announced at this time for Dune: The Sisterhood, but the series will stream on HBO Max.
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