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‘Under the Banner of Heaven': 5 things to know about the Hulu true-crime thriller series

The miniseries starring Andrew Garfield is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer
UPDATED APR 13, 2022
A still from 'Under the Banner of Heaven' (Photo by Michelle Faye/FX)
A still from 'Under the Banner of Heaven' (Photo by Michelle Faye/FX)

Andrew Garfield has had a tremendous year, but he isn’t slowing down yet. He will now star opposite Daisy Edgar-Jones in the FX on Hulu series about a Latter-day Saint detective whose faith is put to the test by a double murder. The seven-episode limited series, ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’, will stream exclusively on Hulu beginning with two episodes on Thursday, April 28. The series is inspired by the true-crime bestseller of the same name by author Jon Krakauer.

Created by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black, the true-crime thriller series 'Under the Banner of Heaven’ follows the events that led to the 1984 murder of Brenda Wright Lafferty (Edgar-Jones) and her baby daughter in a suburb in Salt Lake Valley, Utah. The miniseries tells the story through the eyes of Garfield’s character, detective Jeb Pyre, who is a devout Mormon. “After so many years of work, I’m incredibly grateful to Imagine and FX for their patience with and commitment to bringing this story to the screen,” said Black. “Raised in the LDS faith, my hope is that this true-crime thriller might shed light on the horrific brutalities perpetrated in the name of God in our own backyards.”


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When does ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’ release and where can you watch it?

‘Under the Banner of Heaven’ premieres on Hulu on April 28.

What is ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’ all about?

The official synopsis of ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’ centers on Detective Pyre (Garfield), a devout LDS elder whose faith is tested as he investigates a brutal murder. As he 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.

Who stars in 'Under the Banner of Heaven'?

The show features Oscar nominee Andrew Garfield and Daisy Edgar-Jones. Sam Worthington, Denise Gough, Wyatt Russell, Billy Howle, Gil Birmingham, Adelaide Clemens, Rory Culkin, Seth Numrich, Chloe Pirrie, and Sandra Seacat also are part of the cast.

The Showrunners

Dustin Lance Black also serves as showrunner and executive producer with Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and Anna Culp for Imagine Television; Jason Bateman and Michael Costigan of Aggregate Films; David Mackenzie and Gillian Berrie. ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’ is produced by FX Productions.


Check out the trailer of 'Under the Banner of Heaven' below: