The good news is that the HBO giant has announced that it’s going to bet on Dune: The Sisterhood, a series in which it will cast British actress Indira Varma in a key role.
The Dune prequel series, which is being created for HBO Max, is based on the 2021 novel Sisterhood Of Dune, written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. The series will follow the origins of the Bene Gesserit, an ancient order of female spies. Set 10,000 years before the events of Dune, the production will focus on new characters.
As previously mentioned, Indira Varma joins the cast of Dune: The Sisterhood. The actress, who previously played Ellia Sand in Game of Thrones and also played Talia Durith in Obi-Wan Kenobi, will play the formidable Empress Natalya in the prequel series.
Dune: The Sisterhood will appear after part two of Dune
Given that Dune: The Sisterhood is still in the casting phase, and Dune: Part Two is already in mid-production, it seems likely that Dune Part Two, which has just moved its release to November 3, 2023, will come out before the prequel series.
Since the prequel takes place thousands of years before the events of the film, it is unlikely that Rebecca Ferguson will reprise her Dune role as Lady Jessica, Paul’s mother (Timotheé Chalamet). Charlotte Rampling, who played Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam, a Bene Gesserit member, is also unlikely to be part of the new cast.
Villeneuve has previously stated that he has left the creation of Dune: The Sisterhood in Ademu-John’s hands while he concentrates on creating Dune: Part Two.
Although many details of the series are still “under lock and key,” it’s expected that the production will keep Vileneuve’s films in mind, however. Clearly, fans want the two productions to intertwine to some extent in order to complete the much-loved franchise.