Andrew Garfield is a Mormon Police Detective in New Under the Banner of Heaven Trailer

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In a new trailer for Under the Banner of Heaven, Andrew Garfield plays a religious character investigating a brutal murder.

Under the Banner of Heaven, based on Jon Krakauer's true-crime bestseller, was adapted for television by Dustin Lance Black and directed by David Mackenzie. The former is an Oscar-winning screenwriter who wrote Milk, while the latter directed Hell or High Water. The series will be produced by Jason Bateman and Ron Howard and will premiere on FX on Hulu.

Under the Banner of Heaven also stars Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sam Worthington, Wyatt Russell, and Rory Culkin and stars Garfield as a Mormon police investigator whose faith is questioned when he suspects the Church is involved in the murder of a young woman.

Under the Banner of Heaven Trailer

The first teaser trailer for Under the Banner of Heaven has been released by FX Networks. The trailer shows Garfield's Detective Pyre arriving at the scene of a double murder, with an ominous voice-over and a discordant score. Check out the trailer below:

The trailer begins with a grittier tone reminiscent of dark crime series such as True Detective. Given that it is based on true events, Under the Banner of Heaven should stand apart from HBO's anthology series in terms of realism. If the title didn't already give it away, the trailer emphasizes the show's significant religious themes and imagery.

Andrew Garfield is On a Roll

In recent years, Garfield has played a number of religious figures, including a conscientious objector in Hacksaw Ridge, a Jesuit priest in Martin Scorsese's Silence, and televangelist and convicted fraudster Jim Bakker in The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

The actor, who has been nominated for two Academy Awards, is coming off a successful year. Garfield reprised his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the box office mega film Spider-Man: No Way Home, after months of anticipation and repeated denials from the actor.

He also starred in Tick, Tick...BOOM! and The Eyes of Tammy Faye in 2021., the latter of which earned him his second Oscar nomination for Actor in a Leading Role, following his nomination for Hacksaw Ridge in 2016.

This pattern will now be continued for Garfield in Under the Banner of Heaven. According to the teaser and official synopsis, the series will shed light on the dark underbelly of religious fundamentalism that prevails inside the LDS church in Utah through the eyes of a dedicated Mormon detective investigating a brutal murder. The limited series does not yet have a release date, but fans won't have to wait long because it will be available on FX and Hulu this spring.

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