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‘Dune’ is about to get witchy with its women-led prequel series

dune: the sisterhood

Forget Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, we want the version of Dune where the women rise up and burn their bras. Ok, so maybe not quite, but something of that ilk? Well, Diane Ademu-John, the producer behind The Haunting of Bly Manor has said, "why not?" Together with HBO Max, Ademu-John is creating a series set 10,000 years before Chalamet arrives onto the scene, with the focus on the Harkonnen Sisters. It's called Dune: The Sisterhood, and let's just hope it lands on our screens sooner than Villeneuve's three-part blockbuster.

 

What is Dune: The Sisterhood about?

For those who haven't immersed themselves into Frank Herbert's 412 page sci-fi tome, let us give you a little bit of context to the 6 episode season that is coming soon. While little of the plot has been revealed, what we do know is that, as mentioned, the film will follow the Harkonnen Sisters, AKA Valya and Tula, they're a formidable duo (because, women) and they've risen to head a secret organisation called the Sisterhood. They endeavour and challenge the constrains that threaten the future of humankind, and establish the political and religious force, that will become known as the Bene Gesserit. Which sounds witchy and fun and feminist as heck.

So those are the crumbs we've been given, for now.

 

Who is involved?

The best bit, is that two criminally overlooked actors will star as the Harkonnen Sisters. We're talking, Emily Watson from God's Creatures and The Book Thief, among others, as well as Shirley Henderson who you will know as Moaning Myrtle from Harry Potter or hopefully recognise from Bridget Jones' Diary. Josh Heuston from Heartbreak High will also be joining the cast amongst the other stars of the likes of , Olivia Williams, Travis Fimmel, Jodhi May, Mark Strong, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Chloe Lea, Jade Anouka, Faoileann Cunningham, Edward Davis, Aoife Hinds, Chris Mason, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Jihae, Tabu, Charithra Chandran, Jessica Barden, Emma Canning, and Yerin Ha.

 

Is it linked to Dune?

Yes, it indeed is. Although Denis Villeneuve isn't directing the series, he is overseeing Dune: The Sisterhood as a producer, along with Frank Herbert's son Brian, Scott Z. Burns, Matthew King, John Cameron and Cait Collins.

 

Teaser Trailer

Release date

At this point in time, no release date has been set. But we have been assured that it will be releasing later this year in Spring.

 

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