Andrew Garfield is collaborating with “Normal People” breakout star Daisy Edgar-Jones on his next project, an FX limited series called “Under the Banner of Heaven.” Garfield and Edgar-Jones were already attached to the project when it was first announced in June 2021 via Deadline.
Dustin Lance Black, who won an Award for Best Original Screenplay for 2008’s “Milk,” created the FX for Hulu series. Additionally, Black wrote the 2011 film “J. Edgar” and created and wrote the television series “When We Rise” (via IMDb). According to Variety, the series is directed by David Mackenzie, whose prior credits include 2016’s “Hell or High Water.” Isabel Sandoval, the director of “Lingua Franca,” also directed at least one episode.
“Under the Banner of Heaven” is based on Jon Krakauer’s 2003 nonfiction book of the same name, which delves into an enthralling true crime story.
According to Deadline, the book follows “a devout [Mormon] detective” as he investigates a double homicide that appears to have a connection to the killers’ fundamentalist Mormonism. With an intriguing premise and an engaging cast, “Under the Banner of Heaven” certainly appears to hold a lot of promise.
For those interested in learning about more “Under the Banner of Heaven,” including its release date, cast, and trailer, continue reading.
Under The Banner Of Heaven Confirmed Release Date
The news of a release date for “Under the Banner of Heaven” came earlier this month. Deadline reports that the next show will premiere on Hulu’s streaming service on April 28th, 2022.
Dustin Lance Black, the show’s creator and showrunner, stated via Instagram that filming has begun in August 2021 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Then, a few months later, in December of 2021, he returned to the platform to announce that production on “Under the Banner of Heaven” had come to a close. In the caption of his final photo, Black alluded to the long journey it had taken to get the project off the ground — there has been talking about adapting the novel since 2011 — and the long road ahead.
This goes beyond just a murder. Watch the OFFICIAL TRAILER for FX’s Under the Banner of Heaven, starring Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, and Daisy Edgar-Jones. Premieres April 28. Only on Hulu.
— FX Networks (@FXNetworks) March 29, 2022
“That’s a wrap on [Under the Banner of Heaven] after a decade of work and the aid of so many local artists,” he wrote. “This is merely the start of several posts because there are too many photos and thanks for one. It’s time to take a really long snooze now.”
Our timing couldn’t be better: the show’s premiere will take place only four months after filming has concluded. Fortunately, we have a trailer to keep us amused in the interim (more on that later).
Season 1 of Under the Banner of Heaven will premiere on APRIL 28, 2022.
Under The Banner Of Heaven Cast
Andrew Garfield portrays Detective Jeb Pyre, the detective assigned to the Lafferty killings investigation. Garfield was recently seen in Tick, Tick…Boom! as Jonathan Larson and as Spider-Man (or at least one of them) in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Garfield also starred as Jim Bakker in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, another religious-themed film.
Daisy Edgar-Jones portrays Brenda Lafferty. She debuted in the critically acclaimed Hulu limited series Normal People and most recently starred alongside Sebastian Stan in Searchlight’s horror-comedy Fresh.
Jones will also appear in the soon-to-be-released Where the Crawdads Sing. Ron Lafferty is played by Sam Worthington, best known for his portrayal as Jake Sully in Avatar. Wyatt Russell (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier), Denise Gough (Andor), Gil Birmingham (Hell or High Water), Billy Howle (Outlaw King), and Rory Culkin (Scream 4) are among the additional cast members.
David Mackenzie directs Under the Banner of Heaven. Mackenzie has achieved recognition for her work on Starred Up, Perfect Sense, Hell or High Water, and Outlaw King.
Dustin Lance Black produced Under the Banner of Heaven for television. Black received an Academy Award for his script for Milk, a documentary on Harvey Milk’s life, and created and wrote the miniseries When We Rise.
Dustin Lance Black also contributed writing and co-production to multiple episodes of Big Love, a show about a polygamous household. Lance Black was raised in the LDS religion and has stated regarding Under the Banner of Heaven, “As a member of the LDS faith, my aim is that this true-crime thriller will shed light on the horrendous atrocities committed in the name of God right here in our own backyards.”
The film is based on a book of the same name by Jon Krakauer. Krakauer is well known for his book Into Thin Air, which chronicled his survival of the 1996 Mount Everest Disaster, which killed several other climbers. He also penned Into the Wild, a novel about the life and death of Christopher McCandless in rural Alaska.
Both volumes debuted on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list. Krakauer’s third non-fiction bestseller was Under the Banner of Heaven. It drew criticism from certain members of the LDS Church, who claimed it included significant mistakes and was anti-religious in nature.
In 2003, Mike Otterson, the LDS Church’s director of media relations, stated that “this book is not history, and Krakauer is not a historian.” He is a storyteller who takes liberties with the truth in order to make the story sound excellent. His fundamental theory appears to be that religious people are illogical, and that irrational people behave strangely. By propagating outdated stereotypes, he does a grave disservice to his audience.”
Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Anna Culp, Jason Bateman, Michael Costigan, David Mackenzie, and Gillian Berrie serve as executive producers for Under the Banner of Heaven.
Under The Banner Of Heaven Expected Plot
Under the Banner of Heaven is based on Jon Krakauer’s 2003 true-crime novel Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith.
The book examines both the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ history and the violent 1984 murder of Brenda Lafferty by her in-laws.
The Lafferty’s were members of a minor branch of the LDS church, and Ron and Dan Lafferty’s decision to murder their sister-in-law and niece was motivated by their religious views, with Ron claiming that he received a heavenly command to “remove” Brenda.
As with the book, the miniseries will address both the LDS Church’s history and the murder of Brenda and Erica Lafferty. The story will be told mostly from the perspective of Detective Jeb Pyre, who is investigating the killings. According to FX’s news announcement, Pyre.
Under the Banner of Heaven, as recounted in the accompanying book, is derived from an 1880 address by John Taylor, the LDS church’s president at the time, who stated that “when the Government contends with heaven, we will be arrayed under the banner of heaven against the Government.”
Where To Watch Under The Banner Of Heaven
“Under the Banner of Heaven” will premiere exclusively on Hulu.
Under The Banner Of Heaven Trailer
On February 23rd, a teaser trailer was published.
On March 29, FX published a complete trailer for Under The Banner of Heaven.
The trailer depicts the Lafferty killings being investigated and focuses on Garfield’s Detective Pyre’s emotional and spiritual toll. Scenes of Salt Lake City’s supposedly picturesque suburbs are filtered through a dark and haunting filter, implying how this case has altered Pyre’s perception of the world.