The premiere date for Under the Banner of Heaven has been set. The new FX series, which is based on a real-life 1984 murder in a Salt Lake City suburb, will premiere at the end of April. It stars Andrew Garfield and Daisy Edgar-Jones and will be available on Hulu exclusively.
Andrew Garfield plays Detective Jeb Pyre in Under the Banner of Heaven
Garfield, who is nominated for an Academy Award in 2022 for his performance in Tick, Tick... Boom!, plays Detective Jeb Pyre in Under the Banner of Heaven. Brenda Wright Lafferty, who was recently seen in Hulu's Normal People, is the victim of Pyre's investigation.
The series also stars Sam Worthington, Denise Gough, Wyatt Russell, Billy Howle, Gil Birmingham, Adelaide Clemens, Rory Culkin, Seth Numrich, Chloe Pirrie, and Sandra Seacat.
Under the Banner of Heaven is based on a novel written by best-selling author Jon Krakauer. (He also penned Into the Wild, which was adapted into a 2007 film directed by Sean Penn.) It explores a breakaway Mormon community that accepted a fundamentalist version of the LDS faith. Two members of the group finally turned to murder, allegedly on God's orders.
“He believed God commanded him to,” Krakauer said of one of the murderers in a 2003 interview with NPR. “These murders were in 1984, and still he feels no remorse for what he did. It was a terribly brutal crime but he feels no regret because to this day he believes it was part of God’s plan.”
Under the Banner of Heaven Release Date
The first two episodes of Under the Banner of Heaven will be available on Hulu on Thursday, Apr. 28. Five more episodes will be released weekly on Thursdays till June 2. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET, episodes will be accessible for streaming.
Under the Banner of Heaven follows a devoted Mormom investigator as he investigates the death of a woman and her baby daughter in an early 1980s Salt Lake City suburb. As he investigates the incident, he discovers secrets about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' origins that compel him to doubt his own faith.
Dustin Lance Black, who also acts as showrunner and executive producer, created Under the Banner of Heaven. The upcoming TV show has been in the works since 2011 when IndieWire announced that Black was working on an adaptation of author Jon Krakauer's 2003 novel.
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