The “Dune” prequel series on HBO Max has added Mark Strong, Jade Anuka and Chris Mason to the cast.
Currently titled “Dune: The Sisterhood,” the series 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. Anderson. According to the official blurb, the show “follows Harkonnen’s sisters (Emily Watson, Shirley Henderson) as they battle against forces that threaten the future of humanity and establish a mythical kingdom known as the Bene Gesrit.” It is currently in production.
Strong will star as Emperor Javico Corrino, “descended from a line of great wartime emperors, called to rule the Imperium and maintain a fragile peace.
Strong is known for his roles in films such as the “Kingsman” franchise, as well as for “1917,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” and most recently, “Tar.” He is repped by WME and Markham, Froggatt and Irwin.
Anuka plays Sister Theodosia, “a talented and ambitious woman in the sisterhood who harbors a dangerous secret from her past.
Anuka was recently seen in the sequel adaptation of “The Dark Materials” and previously starred in Steve McQueen’s “Little Axe” and “Terrible.” She was frustrated by United agents, Gersh and Goodman Genow.
Mason stars as Keiran Atredes, described as “a swordsman of a great house whose desire to protect his family name is shaken when he develops an unexpected relationship with a member of the royal family.”
Mason is best known for his work on the series “Broadchurch” and has recently had roles on shows such as “Riverdale,” “Dirty John” and “Law & Order: Organized Crime.” He is repped by UTA, Toogood Management, 3 Arts Entertainment and Sloane Offer.
Along with the new trio of cast members and Henderson and Watson, the series’ cast includes Travis Fimmel, Indira Varma, Sarah-Sophie Busnina, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Faoleen Cunningham, Aoife Hinds and Chloe Leigh.
Diane Ademu-John created “Dune: Sisterhood” and serves as an executive producer. She was set to serve as an aide until her resignation was announced. Alison Schapker is now the sole presenter on the series as well as the 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.
The epic film “Dune” debuts in theaters and HBO Max in October 2021. It 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.