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Obi-Wan Kenobi Standout Indira Varma Joins Dune: The Sisterhood as Empress

Legendary's Dune prequel spin-off series is set to stream on HBO Max.

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The cast of Dune: The Sisterhood keeps getting more stacked with another exciting addition. Deadline reports that Indira Varma has joined the ensemble of the HBO Max and Legendary prequel series to their Dune franchise. She was most recently seen as the heroic Imperial double agent Tala in the Star Wars Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi; she was also a fan-favorite as Sand Snake Ellaria in HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Varma joins Emily Watson and Shirley Henderson, who were previously announced to star in the series centering around the Harkonnen sisters as they establish the Bene Gesserit sect in order to protect humankind. Varma is set to play Empress Natalya, which the report describes “a formidable royal who united thousands of worlds in her marriage to Emperor Corrino.”


Diane Ademu-John serves as creator, writer, co-showrunner and executive producer with Alison Schapker co-showrunning and executive producing as well. Dune director Denis Villeneuve and writer Jon Spaihts are among the show’s executive producers; the co-writers of Sisterhood of Dune (the novel the series is based on) are also involved: Brian Herbert is attached as executive producer, and Kevin J. Anderson is a co-producer.

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