“She is an incredible actor”: Every Fan is Hyped After Dune: Prophecy Prequel Series Confirms ‘The End of the F***ing World’ Star’s Casting

Jessica Barden is the latest addition to Max's Dune: Prophecy prequel series.

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  • Jessica Barden is confirmed to join the upcoming Dune: Prophecy prequel series.
  • Original showrunner revealed honest feeling as to why he dropped the project.
  • Fans could not contain their excitement after Barden's incredible casting.
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Max’s Dune: Prophecy brings The End of the F***ing World actress Jessica Barden on board for the prequel series. The long-gestating show has been in early development since 2019, but due to several issues, including the change of showrunners, it has experienced a delay.

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Originally named Dune: The Sisterhood, as inspired by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s Sisterhood of Dune novel, the upcoming series has been confirmed and is ready to go.

Jessica Barden Officially Joins House Harkonnen In Dune: Prophecy

Variety reported the casting of Jessica Barden as young Valya Harkonnen, which the character has been described as, “Ambitious, stubborn and forceful.” The description continued:

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Young Valya Harkonnen dreams of restoring her family’s noble status. When a tragedy shatters her plans for the future, she finds herself on a new path that leads to the Sisterhood.”

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Jessica Barden in The End of the F***ing World

The prequel series official logline claims that Dune: Prophecyfollows 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” This will occur “10,000 years before the ascension of Paul Atreides.”

Original showrunner Johan Renck worked with the series, but the project seemed to have been experiencing so much turbulence at the time. It changed showrunners a couple of times before Renck took over and left in the end. He shared via The Playlist:

I was fiddling with that for a moment, but yeah, I’m not involved in that at all. At least, I think—I might still be an executive producer on it, but I’m not involved in it now.”

It’s a shame that he’s no longer attached to the series given how massive the franchise of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune has become. Still, Renck thinks it happens a lot in the industry.

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The reason I got involved to some extent with Dune was that I’m a massive fan of the David Lynch Dune movie, the original one from the eighties,” the filmmaker shared of how he met the franchise. He further added that “there was a lot of stuff that was going on, but no one can be held responsible.”

Fans Get Excited With Jessica Barden Joining Dune: Prophecy

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Jessica Barden in The End of the F***ing World

Dune fans were quite ecstatic when they heard Jessica Barden is joining the set of Dune: Prophecy. Apart from The End of the F***ing World, she also starred in American Horror Stories and Pieces of Her, a Netflix limited series. Check out their tweets below:

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Sisters Valya and Tula Harkonnen, who serve as ancestors to Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Lady Jessica, and Paul Atreides, will be the main characters in the series and will see both of them establish and build the exceptionally powerful religious sect known as the Bene Gesserit.

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The series was originally scheduled for a 2024 release, but this has been scrapped after numerous delays. As of the moment, no official release date has been confirmed. Alison Schapker took over the job as showrunner and executive producer.

Dune movies are available to watch on Netflix.

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Written by Ariane Cruz

Articles Published: 2026

Ariane Cruz, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.