Dune: The Sisterhood will focus on the Bene Gesserit, a powerful, all-female religious order that serves as one of the major political forces in the Dune universe. Several characters in the upcoming movie are members of the Bene Gesserit, including Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) and Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohaim (Charlotte Rampling). It’s unknown when exactly in the Dune timeline the series will be set or if any of the actors from the film might reprise their roles for the series.
However, Variety does report that Villeneuve will direct the pilot episode, with the movie’s co-writer Jon Spaihts penning the script. Villeneuve and Spaihts will also executive produce the series alongside Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert. Kevin J. Anderson (co-writer of many of the Dune books published after Frank Herbert’s death) will co-produce.
As established in the original novel, the ultimate goal of the Bene Gesserit order is to harness the power of selective breeding and produce an offspring called the Kwisatz Haderach, a male, superhuman messiah who can see the future and access the genetic memories of his ancestors. The order has played a role in many prequels and sequels to the original book, with 2012’s Sisterhood of Dune shedding light on the origins of the Bene Gesserit.
Dune: The Sisterhood is expected to debut at some point after the release of the movie, which is currently scheduled for November 20, 2020. Dune is directed by Villeneuve and features an ensemble cast that includes Timothée Chalamet (Paul Atreides), Rebecca Ferguson (Lady Jessica) , Oscar Isaac (Duke Leto Atreides), Josh Brolin (Gurney Halleck), Stellan Skarsgård (Baron Vladimir Harkonnen), Dave Bautista (Glossu Raban), Zendaya (Chani), David Dastmalchian (Piter De Vries), Charlotte Rampling (Gaius Helen Mohaim), Jason Momoa (Duncan Idaho) and Javier Bardem (Stilgar).
For more on the franchise and its complex timeline, here’s everything you need to know about the original Dune novel and its latest movie adaptation.
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