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HBO Max’s Dune: Production on the Sisterhood Sequel Begins!

Emmy-winning Chornobyl director Johan Renck took to Instagram to confirm that production on HBO Max s upcoming Dune prequel series Dune: The Sisterhood has officially begun. The Swedish filmmaker, who is also serving as an executive producer, is expected to direct the first two episodes of the highly-anticipated project.

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Set 10,000 years before Paul Atreides’ ascension, Dune: The Sisterhood will follow the Harkonnen Sisters as they battle forces that imperil humanity’s destiny and form the legendary Bene Gesserit sect. Shirley Henderson will play Tula Harkonnen, and Emily Watson will play Valya Harkonnen. They are joined by Indira Varma, Travis Fimmel, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Faoileann Cunningham, Aoife Hinds, Chloe Lea, and Shalom Brune-Franklin.

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The endeavor is the work of Legendary Television. Diane Adamu-John is the show’s creator, author, and executive producer. She collaborates with Alison Schapker as the show’s co-showrunner. The film’s executive producers include Schapker, Denis Villeneuve, Jon Spaihts, Scott Z. Burns, Matthew King, John Cameron, and Cait Collins. The Frank Herbert estate is represented by Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, and Kim Herbert.

Ten thousand years before the events of the first Dune book, Dune: The Sisterhood will be set in the world of Frank Herbert’s epicDunenovel series. A mysterious group of women known as the Bene Gesserit tells the story of the series through their eyes. Armed with amazing skills, this group of women navigates the feudal politics of Dune while pursuing their own goals, which eventually take them to the mysterious planet Arrakis and the events of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune films.

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