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DUNE: PART TWO may have come and gone, and who knows when we’ll be seeing Timothée Chalamet on the big screen again as the now spiced-up messiah Paul Atreides. But, in the meantime, the first trailer for the highly-anticipated Dune prequel TV series just dropped.

Titled Dune: Prophecy, the prequel will be set in the same Dune universe, only 10,000 years before the ascension of Chalamet’s Atreides, supplementing Denis Villeneuve’s Dune trilogy. An adaptation of Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s novel Sisterhood of Dune, the series will follow how the witch-like Bene Gesserit came to be the power behind the curtain (or, more appropriately, the veil).

The series is riding off the laurels of Dune: Part Two’s $750 million global box office success, as distributors have released the first teaser trailer (seemingly out of nowhere, but we’ll take it!). A minute and a half-long, the trailer is more than enough to go on until its release later this spring.

Scroll on for everything to know about Dune: Prophecy – including who is included in the stellar cast and what to expect in this expanded Dune universe.

What is Dune: Prophecy about?

If you were a fan of the Bene Gesserit and all their scheming ways in the films, Dune: Prophecy will provide a much needed backstory to the intergalactic sisterhood. The series is based on the 2012 novel Sisterhood of Dune by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert, the elder son of Frank Herbert, who wrote the original Dune series all the way back in 1965 with the first novel, and then publishing his last, Chapterhouse: Dune, in 1985. 

The series adaptation will trace the roots of how the Bene Gesserit came to be, a powerful intergalactic sisterhood who undergo intense physical training and mental conditioning to obtain superhuman abilities. Later members of the sect include Sarah Ferguson’s Lady Jessica Atreides and Léa Seydoux’s Lady Margot Fenring in the films. The story will follow the two sisters who established the sisterhood, Valya and Tula Harkonnen, played by Emily Watson and Olivia Williams. So, look forward to seeing where all the meddling of aristocratic bloodlines started, as the focal point of the series will be about the first Bene Gesserit sister on the throne.

Who is in Dune: Prophecy?

Mark Strong as Emperor Javicco Corrino. Image: courtesy of Binge

As this is a prequel, we will not be seeing stars like Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Austin Butler or Florence Pugh return here. But, if the calibre of talent in the films is anything to go by, we can rest assured the series will match. Here is the cast of Dune: Prophecy and the characters they will be playing.

  • Emily Watson as Valya Harkonnen
  • Olivia Williams as Tula Harkonnen
  • Travis Fimmel as Demond Hart
  • Jodhi May as Empress Natalya
  • Mark Strong as Emperor Javicco Corrino
  • Sarah-Sofie Boussnina as Princess Ynez
  • Josh Heuston as Constantine Corrino
  • Chloe Lea as Lila
  • Jade Anouka as Sister Theodosia
  • Faoileann Cunningham as Sister Jen
  • Edward Davis as Harrow Harkonnen
  • Chris Mason as Keiran Atreides 
  • Shalom Brune-Franklin as Mikaela 
  • Jihae as Reverend Mother Kasha
  • Tabu as Sister Francesca

Who will Josh Heuston play in Dune: Prophecy?

According to Variety, Aussie actor Josh Heuston (who you might know best from Netflix’s Heartbreak High) is set to star in a recurring role as Constantine Corrino. If the last name sounds familiar, the House Corrino is the same great house Florence Pugh’s Princess Irulan and Christopher Walken’s Emperor Shaddam IV belong to in Dune: Part Two. As the illegitimate son of Mark Strong’s Emperor Javicco Corrino, Heuston’s character is described as being “torn between seeking his father’s approval and his own happiness.”

Who will direct Dune: Prophecy?

As expansive as any TV series is, there will be more than one director on board. Anna Foerster served as director for multiple episodes of the series, including the first. Best known for directing films such Underworld: Blood Wars (2016) and The Day After Tomorrow (2004), it’s safe to say Foerster has an eye for action in sci-fi worlds.

When and where will Dune: Prophecy premiere?

No official date has been announced yet, but series distributor Binge said the series will be released later this spring.

It will be available to stream on Binge in Australia.


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