Dune: The Sisterhood has lost its main lead actress as well as the showrunner’s director. The show is currently in pre-production and acts as a prequel to the Dune franchise touching on the origins of Bene Gesserit. However, the show is currently in hot water as it struggles to keep its crew. Last year, HBO Max lost its original showrunner, hired two new ones and then lost another. Now, the studio has lost its lead actress at the same time as another showrunner.
According to Deadline, Shirley Henderson, one of Dune: The Sisterhood’s lead actresses, and director Johan Renck who was slated to direct the show’s first two episodes have both decided to leave the project. The show has since entered yet another hiatus.
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HBO Max says in a statement that Dune: The Sisterhood has already been scheduled before the departure of the latest members. The company claims that the show has undergone some creative changes over the past few months which resulted in most of the production being put on hold. In addition, HBO Max says that director John Renck already completed his work on the series.
“There are some creative changes being made to the production in an effort to create the best series possible and stay true to the source material. Johan Renck has completed his work on the series and a new director will be brought on; through mutual agreement, Johan is moving on to pursue other projects.”
Shirley Henderson, who was the show’s original lead actress was slated to play Tula Harkonnen, one of the founding members of Dune’s Bene Gesserit. It is a secretive group of women power players who operate in the shadow. HBO Max says Tula will be recast.
With these ongoing issues surrounding Dune: The Sisterhood, it sounds like the show might never see the light of day.