Dune's epic first trailer gave fans everything they wanted, but likely would have left everyone else baffled and intrigued.
One of the biggest moments in the trailer, away from the sandworm that is, comes with Timothée Chalamet's Paul Atreides sticking his hand in a box that is filled with "pain" and if he removes it, he'll be killed.
The veiled woman who tells him this is the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam (Charlotte Rampling). She's the leader of the Bene Gesserit, a powerful all-female society, and she's actually putting Paul through a very important test.
It's a scene taken from early in Frank Herbert's novel and, for want of a better phrase, it's Paul's 'chosen one' moment.
Think Neo pulling out the Bullet Time moves in The Matrix or Katniss volunteering for her sister in The Hunger Games. It's the indication that Paul isn't just some ordinary man, but has a great destiny ahead of him.
The Reverend Mother has come to the planet Caladan to specifically give Paul the Gom Jabbar Test of Humanity. That's a poisoned needle (the Gom Jabbar, in question) she's holding to Paul's neck.
It's all a test to see if Paul's awareness is stronger than his instincts as the Reverend Mother is later heard saying in the trailer: "An animal caught in a trap will gnaw off its own leg to escape. What will you do?"
"Is the mental part of him stronger than the animal part? That was very important for Frank Herbert," Dune director Denis Villeneuve told EW about the "pivotal" scene.
"At some point in the Dune history, the human brain will reach a level of control where there’s no more computers in that universe, so the brain is trained to be able to make insane calculations and have control over your body.
"Paul, having some Bene Gesserit training, needed to be tested to see if he can use this power for the good of humanity."
The Gom Jabbar Test of Humanity is rarely given to men, so why does the Reverend Mother chose to test Paul? It's all because of his mother, Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), who was told by the Bene Gesserit to birth a daughter, but rebelled and gave birth to Paul instead.
In the world of Dune, the Bene Gesserit can determine the gender of their babies and they believe that Lady Jessica's daughter would have gone on to have a Messianic son known as the Kwisatz Haderach.
Since Lady Jessica decided to give birth to a son instead, the Reverend Mother gives Paul the test to see if he's actually the Kwisatz Haderach, born one generation early.
The Kwisatz Haderach would not only unite the warring houses of Atreides and Harkonnen through marriage, but also possess the ability to predict the future.
It's why the Reverend Mother asks Paul if he "dreams things that happen just as you dream them". Spoiler alert, he does, and he also passes the Gom Jabbar Test of Humanity, becoming the first man to ever do so.
"You inherit too much power. You have proven you can rule yourself, now you must learn to rule others," the Reverend Mother is heard telling Paul later on in the trailer. But will he manage to do so?
For that, you'll just have to watch Dune when it's out in cinemas or read the book ahead of time.
Dune is set for release in cinemas on December 18.
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