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Emily Watson and Shirley Henderson to Lead “Dune” Prequel Sequence at HBO Max

Sizzling off rave opinions for her portrayal of a mom dwelling in a tight-knit fishing neighborhood who’s torn between loyalty to her son and her personal morals in “God’s Creatures,” Emily Watson’s subsequent challenge will see her taking up a decidedly much less grounded story. Together with Shirley Henderson (“Harry Potter” franchise), she’ll topline HBO Max’s “Dune” prequel collection, “Dune: The Sisterhood,” per Selection.

Set 10,000 years earlier than the occasions of “Dune,” the collection is predicated on Brian Hebert and Kevin J. Anderson’s 2012 novel “Sisterhood of Dune.” The challenge “follows the Harkonnen Sisters as they fight forces that threaten the way forward for humankind, and set up the fabled sect often known as the Bene Gesserit.” Valya Harkonnen (Watson) and Tula Harkonnen (Henderson) “have risen to energy within the Sisterhood, a secret group of ladies who will go on to turn out to be the Bene Gesserit,” the supply particulars.

“Dune: The Sisterhood” was created by Diane Ademu-John (“The Haunting of Bly Manor”), who will function co-showrunner with Alison Schapker (“Westworld”).

“Dune” hit theaters in 2021 and landed six Oscar noms. The sci-fi epic’s sequel, “Dune: Half Two,” is slated for launch in 2023.

A two-time Oscar nominee, Watson has acquired nods for “Breaking the Waves” and “Hilary and Jackie.” She landed an Emmy nod for “Chernobyl.” Her newest pic, “God’s Creatures,” simply launched in theaters and on VOD. Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer directed the drama.

Moreover her position as Moaning Myrtle in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and techniques” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fireplace,” Henderson’s different greatest recognized credit embody the “Bridget Jones” trilogy and “Trainspotting.”

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