‘Under the Banner of Heaven’ Premiere Date and Episode Schedule Revealed

TL; DR:

  • Under the Banner of Heaven premieres April 28 on Hulu, with episodes dropping weekly. 
  • Andrew Garfield and Daisy Edgar-Jones star in the seven-episode series.
  • It’s based on the best-selling true-crime book of the same name by Jon Krakauer.

Under the Banner of Heaven has a premiere date. The new FX series about a real-life 1984 murder in a Salt Lake City suburb will debut at the end of April. It stars Andrew Garfield and Daisy Edgar-Jones and will stream exclusively on Hulu. 

‘Under the Banner of Heaven’ premieres Thursday, April 28 

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The first two episodes of Under the Banner of Heaven premiere Thursday, April 28 on Hulu. Five additional episodes will debut weekly on subsequent Thursdays through June 2. Episodes will be available to stream beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET.  

Under the Banner of Heaven focuses on a devout Mormom detective investigating the murder of a woman and her baby daughter in a Salt Lake City suburb in the early 1980s. As he investigates the crime, he uncovers secrets about the origins of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that cause him to question his own faith. 

Under the Banner of Heaven was created by Dustin Lance Black, who also serves as showrunner and executive producer. Black won an Oscar in 2009 for his screenplay for Milk, a biopic about the assassination of San Francisco politician Harvey Milk. Under the Banner of Heaven has been in development since at least 2011, when IndieWire reported Black was working on an adaptation of author Jon Krakauer’s 2003 book. 

Andrew Garfield plays Detective Jeb Pyre 

Black and white portrait of Andrew Garfield, star of the upcoming Hulu series 'Under the Banner of Heaven'
Andrew Garfield | Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Garfield, who is nominated for a 2022 Academy Award for his performance in Tick, Tick… Boom!, plays Detective Jeb Pyre in Under the Banner of Heaven. Edgar-Jones, who recently starred in Hulu’s Normal People, plays Brenda Wright Lafferty, whose murder kicks off Pyre’s investigation. 

The series also Sam Worthington, Denise Gough, Wyatt Russell, Billy Howle, Gil Birmingham, Adelaide Clemens, Rory Culkin, Seth Numrich, Chloe Pirrie, and Sandra Seacat. 

The series is based on a book by Jon Krakauer 

Best-selling author Krakauer penned the book on which Under the Banner of Heaven is based. (He also wrote Into the Wild, which became a 2007 movie directed by Sean Penn.) It examines a breakaway Mormon sect that embraced a fundamentalist version of the LDS faith. Two of the group’s members eventually turned to murder, allegedly on the orders of God. 

“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.” 

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