“This goes beyond just a murder, beyond everything I believe,” Andrew Garfield’s Detective Jeb Pyre states in Hulu’s new trailer for Under the Banner of Heaven. I’m always a sucker for crime shows and the Under the Banner of Heaven trailer is hitting a lot of buttons for me. What do you think? Will you be watching the series?
Since the release of the first teaser last month, I’ve made sure to keep the crime series on my radar. Inspired by the true-crime bestseller by Jon Krakauer, Under the Banner of Heaven has been written by Dustin Lance Black (Milk) and directed by David MacKenzie (Hell or High Water). Andrew Garfield stars as Pyre, an LDS elder who is committed to his Church and family but who begins to question some of the Church’s teachings through his contact with a suspected murderer. The brutal murder also seems to be connected to an esteemed Utah family’s spiral into LDS fundamentalism and their distrust in the government. In addition to Andrew Garfield, Under the Banner of Heaven also stars Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sam Worthington, Wyatt Russell, Adelaide Clemens, Rory Culkin, and Christopher Heyerdahl.
The official synopsis for Under the Banner of Heaven:
“Under the Banner of Heaven” is an original limited series inspired by the true-crime bestseller by Jon Krakauer, which follows the events that led to the 1984 murder of Brenda Wright Lafferty and her baby daughter in a suburb in the Salt Lake Valley, Utah. As Detective Jeb Pyre investigates events that transpired within the Lafferty family, he uncovers buried truths about the origins of the LDS religion and the violent consequences of unyielding faith. What Pyre, a devout Mormon, unearths leads him to question his own faith.
Under the Banner of Heaven will debut on Hulu on April 28, 2022.