Emily Watson in 'Dune: Prophecy,' the new prequel series from Max
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‘Dune: Prophecy’ Trailer Reveals the Origins of the Sisterhood

Watch the first trailer for the series, which premieres this fall.

Max has released the first teaser trailer for Dune: Prophecy, the upcoming series prequel to Denis Villeneuve’s Dune.

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HBO chief Casey Bloys revealed the first look at Dune: Prophecy during the network’s upfront presentation. Set 10,000 years before Paul Atreides’ rule, the series “follows two Harkonnen sisters as they combat forces that threaten the future of humankind and establish the fabled sect that will become known as the Bene Gesserit.”

The six-episode series will premiere sometime this fall on Max.

According to Variety, Indian actress Tabu is the latest addition to the cast of Dune: Prophecy. An award-winning superstar in India, Tabu has also appeared in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi and The Namesake. Tabu will play the role of Sister Francesca, whose description reads “Strong, intelligent, and alluring, Sister Francesca leaves a lasting impression in her wake. Once a great love of the Emperor, her return to the palace strains the balance of power in the capital.”

The cast also includes Emily Watson, Olivia Williams, Travis Fimmel, Jodhi May, Mark Strong, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Josh Heuston, Chloe Lea, Jade Anouka, Faoileann Cunningham, Edward Davis, Aoife Hinds, Chris Mason, and Shalom Brune-Franklin.

Originally announced after the release of Denis Villeneuve’s first film, Dune: Prophecy (previously titled Dune: The Sisterhood) is based on the novel Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert (son of Dune author Frank) and Kevin J. Anderson. Set 10,000 years before the birth of Paul Atreides, the prequel will explore the origins of the Bene Gesserit, focusing specifically on “two Harkonnen sisters as they combat forces that threaten the future of humankind.”

Alison Schapker (Fringe, Altered Carbon) is the showrunner and executive producer of Dune: Prophecy, which was developed with Diane Ademu-John (The Haunting of Bly Manor). Anna Foerster (Lou) directed several episodes, including the pilot.


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