MANILA, Philippines – Dune: The Sisterhood, the prequel series to Denis Villeneuve’s blockbuster films Dune, has started filming, director Johan Renck announced.
Renck took to Instagram on Tuesday, November 22, to share an image of Frank Herbert’s Dune novel in commemoration of the start of production, captioning it with one of its most famous quotes: “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration.”
Based on Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s novel Sisterhood of Dune, the HBO Max prequel series is reportedly set 1,000 years before the ascension of Paul Atreides in Dune.
It will follow the Harkonnen sisters as they battle the forces that threaten the future of humankind and establish the Bene Gesserit, the mysterious order of powerful women who are given extraordinary supernatural abilities.
Emily Watson and Shirley Henderson will lead the cast as Valya and Tula Harkonnen, respectively. Joining them are Indira Varma, Travis Fimmel, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Faoileann Cunningham, Aoife Hinds, and Chloe Lea.
A target release date for Dune: The Sisterhood has yet to be announced.
The production of the prequel series came months after Dune: Part Two also started production in Italy in July. The sci-fi sequel starring Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet is slated for a November 2023 release.
Dune (2021), based on Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel of the same title, follows Paul Atreides, the royal heir to the noble House Atreides, and his journey in leaving his homeworld Caladan for the endangered planet Arrakis to protect the most vital element in the known universe – the Spice – upon which space travel, knowledge, commerce, and human existence all rely. – Rappler.com