The ongoing “Dune” prequel series on HBO Max has added five new series regulars to its cast. Difference Learned.
Sarah-Sophie Busnina, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Faoilian Cunningham, Aoife Hinds and Chloe Lea all appear in the series, which is currently airing in Dune: Sisterhood. The series also stars previously announced actresses Emily Watson and Shirley Henderson as well as Indira Varma, from Legendary Television.
The show is set 10,000 years before the events of “Dune” and is based on the novel “The Sisterhood of Dune” by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. It’s Anderson. According to the official blurb, the show “follows the Harkonnen sisters (Watson and Henderson) as they battle forces that threaten the future of humanity and found the mythical sect known as the Bene Geserit.”
Busnina (“Colony,” “Knightfall”) plays Princess Yance, described as “an independent young princess coping with the pressures of being the heir to the Golden Lion throne.” Brune-Franklin (“The Tourist,” “Line of Duty”) plays Mikaela, a “strong-willed Fremen woman who longs for an unfamiliar home planet and serves the royal family.”
Cunningham (“The Northman,” “The Witcher: Bloodborne”) plays Sister Jane, “a cruel, unpredictable patroness in training at a sisterhood school who rarely expresses her feelings. Hinds (“Normal People,” “Derry Girls”) plays Sister Emmeline, “a devout acolyte from a long line of martyrs, carrying religion to the Sisterhood she trains. Leah (“Foundation,” “Great Expectations”) stars as Leah, her younger partner at a sister school with a passion beyond her years.
Busnina was repped by Lindbergh Management, Rogue Management and United Talent Agency. Brune-Franklin is repped by Hamilton Hodel, CAA, Morrissey Management and Goodman Genow. Cunningham is repped by Curtis Brown, The Susanna Norris Agency and Goodman Genow. Hinds was republican in 42. Leah is repped by Artists Partnership and Goodman Genow.
Difference Diane Ademu-John reports that she is creator, co-creator and executive producer on “Dune: Sisterhood.” Alison Schapker serves as co-showrunner and executive producer. Johan Renck directs the premiere show and executive produces. Denis Villeneuve, Jon Speights, Scott Z. Burns, Matthew King, John Cameron and Kate Collins executive produce with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert for the Frank Herbert Estate. Anderson serves as an associate producer. The series is produced by HBO Max and Legendary TV.
Legend is working on a reboot of the latest “Dune” movie. The first of the two planned films was released in October 2021 and has grossed over $400 million worldwide. The sequel is currently in production and is expected to release in November 2023. Villeneuve is the director of both films, Spaihts and Villeneuve also wrote the screenplays for both films.
“Dune” won six Academy Award nominations upon its release, as well as nominations for best picture and adapted screenplay.