Some shows feel like they have a certain gravitas to them. An otherworldly weight that takes them out of the mundane world and somewhere deeper. FX’s latest offering, Under the Banner of Heaven, reveals Andrew Garfield as an intense yet sincere detective. Garfield’s character uncovers a mystery beyond his wildest dreams as he investigates a dark crime. The first full trailer for Under the Banner of Heaven offers us a rather poetic look at the series. In all, the trailer promises this series will interweave religion, family, and murder. In short, Under the Banner of Heaven takes a good long look at the forces of evil and good that surround us.
The official description for Under the Banner of Heaven’s trailer shares:
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’s teaser gave us a glimpse of what the series had in store. But this trailer clinches it. Andrew Garfield shines as a tender-hearted but determined detective. His prayer hauntingly overlays the horrors he uncovers as he begins his investigation. Moreover, Under the Banner of Heaven’s trailer implies Garfield’s character (Detective Jeb Pyre) is a father himself. So we can already tell the investigation will hit close to home.
We’re excited to see how this tale unfolds. It seems like it will have a good balance of interrogating a greater system while also focusing on the internal journey of its lead character. In a way, its more vivid philosophizing mixed with the standard benchmarks of true crime seem to evoke True Detective. And we have no doubt Andrew Garfield will navigate the series’ naunces to perfection.
Under the Banner of Heaven, which also stars Sam Worthington and Daisy Edgar-Jones alongside Garfield, premieres April 28. The limited series will air only on Hulu. It will have seven episodes. According to FX, “The premiere will feature the first two episodes, with a new episode available in each of the following five weeks.