It would seem that Denis Villeneuve is sleeping, eating and living ‘Dune’ right now, the filmmaker has jumped on board to direct a ‘Dune’ series for the WarnerMedia streaming service.
Titled ‘Dune: The Sisterhood’ the series spin-off is set in the same universe as the forthcoming Villeneuve-helmed films. The series will focus on the mysterious order of women known as the Bene Gesserit. Given extraordinary abilities by their mastery of the body and the mind, the Bene Gesserit expertly weaves through the feudal politics and intrigue of The Imperium, pursuing plans of their own that will ultimately lead them to the enigmatic planet Arrakis.
Villeneuve himself will direct the pilot with Jon Spaihts set to write. It is not known whether the feature film’s cast will also make an appearance in the series.
In the first of two film’s underway for ‘Dune’ Jason Momoa and Josh Brolin were the latest to join an already impressive cast list. Brolin takes the role of Warmaster for the Atreides family, Gurney Halleck while Momoa takes the role of Atreides family swordmaster, Duncan Idaho.
Oscar Isaac and Rebecca Ferguson as Paul’s parents, Zendaya as love interest Chani, Javier Bardem as the Fremen leader Stilgar, Stellan Skarsgard as the villain Baron Harkonnen with Dave Bautista as his murderous nephew Raban, and Charlotte Rampling as the Reverend Mother Mohiam.
The story follows Paul whose noble family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only planet capable of producing the highly valuable resource known as the spice melange which allows for space travel, control of Arrakis is highly contested amongst the noble families.
When the Atreides are betrayed, the story explores themes of politics, religion, and man’s relationship to nature as a betrayed Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control of Arrakis.
The first film is currently under production with a scheduled release of November 20th 2020.