‘Under the Banner of Heaven’: Andrew Garfield Reveals He’s a ‘Slut’ for True Crime

Andrew Garfield is one of the biggest names in Hollywood right now, and he’s about to star in the upcoming Hulu drama, Under the Banner of Heaven. Garfield is a busy man, but after his work last year, from Tick, Tick… Boom! to Spider-Man: No Way Home, fans are willing to follow him anywhere. And now, Garfield’s path has led him to true crime, an area that he is passionate about.

Andrew Garfield, star of 'Under the Banner of Heaven,' wears a blue suit over a red and white striped button-up shirt and red tie.
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Andrew Garfield stars in ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’

Under the Banner of Heaven is a Hulu true crime drama miniseries that consists of six episodes. Andrew Garfield will play the lead role in the show — Detective Jeb Pyre. Jeb is a detective who investigates the deaths of Brenda Wright Lafferty, played by Daisy Edgar-Jones, and her baby daughter.

The miniseries is based on Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer, a book that detailed the real-life deaths of Brenda and her daughter, Erica.

Not only does the show delve into true crime, but it also interweaves how the murders involve The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In Under the Banner of Heaven, Andrew Garfield’s character is a Mormon, as is the entire community in which the murders occur.

Andrew Garfield expresses his enthusiasm for true crime and ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’

During an interview with Extra, Under the Banner of Heaven star Andrew Garfield admitted how excited he was for the project.

The reporter said, “Andrew, you were not a very tough sell on this series because you’re a big fan of the book.” Garfield responded, “You calling me easy? Yeah, I’m a slut for true crime.” And the actor’s co-star, Gil Birmingham, added, “I can attest to that.”

Garfield continued, “No, but I earn easy. I am an easy sell for true crime, and particularly … I’ve loved this book since it came out over 10 years ago and like everyone else would read it in our industry. I was like, ‘We should turn this into a thing … a movie or a TV show.’ I was a kid. I didn’t know how to do it.”

“But Dustin Lance Black is a Mormon, an ex-Mormon himself, and we figured out a way over 10 years to turn it into a miniseries with some great producers,” the actor shared. “And yeah, it was easy for me to say yes.”

It sounds like Andrew Garfield is just as obsessed with true crime as the rest of the world.

Andrew Garfield is taking a break from acting after the Hulu drama

Following the release of Under the Banner of Heaven, Andrew Garfield plans to take a break from acting.

“I’m going to rest for a little bit,” the actor told Variety. “I need to recalibrate and reconsider what I want to do next and who I want to be and just be a bit of a person for a while. Because as you know, that is a washing machine, that awards season. I need to just be a bit ordinary for a while.”

So fans will have to enjoy Andrew Garfield in Under the Banner of Heaven because it might be a while before the actor appears in another movie or series.

The first two episodes of Under the Banner of Heaven premiere on Thursday, April 28, on Hulu.

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