DUNE: PROPHECY Series Shares First Trailer, Announces Fall Premiere

Every story starts somewhere, and this fall Dune fans will learn where the legend of the Kwisatz Haderach began. At its 2024 Upfront presentation, Warner Bros. Discovery shared the first fantastic teaser trailer for its upcoming prequel series Dune: Prophecy. The studio also announced the six-episode season will debut sometime this fall. But this first-look shows why the legacy of this sisterhood will last much longer.

The onscreen world of Dune is getting even bigger by moving to the small screen. Max’s upcoming spinoff series Dune: Prophecy will take viewers back to the start of a story Denis Villeneuve just explored in two epic Dune movies. Only, unlike his films, the show is not adapting one of Frank Herbert’s books. It’s “inspired by” his son Brian Herbert’s 2012 novel Sisterhood of Dune, which he wrote with Kevin J. Anderson.

When does this prequel take place? Who began the legend that changed the galaxy forever? Why did the Bene Gesserit form in the first place? Here’s the official logline from Warner Bros. Discovery for Dune: Prophecy to bring that teaser trailer into focus:

From the expansive universe of Dune, created by acclaimed author Frank Herbert, and 10,000 years before the ascension of Paul Atreides, Dune: Prophecy follows two Harkonnen sisters as they combat forces that threaten the future of humankind, and establish the fabled sect that will become known as the Bene Gesserit.

A woman with a jeweled mask covering her face in Dune: Prophecy
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The series comes from Max and Legendary Television. Legendary also produced Villeneuve’s films alongside Warner Bros. Discovery. It stars Emily Watson, Olivia Williams, Travis Fimmel, Jodhi May, Mark Strong, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Josh Heuston, Chloe Lea, Jade Anouka, Faoileann Cunningham, Edward Davis, Aoife Hinds, Chris Mason, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Jihae, Tabu, Charithra Chandran, Jessica Barden, Emma Canning, and Yerin Ha. 

Showrunner Alison Schapker will also serve as an executive producer. As will Diane Ademu-John, who co-developed the series. Anna Foerster directs multiple episodes, including the premiere. And Herbert and Anderson are also co-producers for the show.

The Bene Gesserit is responsible for the “prophecy” part of Dune: Prophecy. Or at least that’s what we think we know. We’ll find out for sure this fall.

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