This story was taken out of the headlines. Andrew GarfieldHe is the latest celebrity to enter the true crime game with his series. Unter dem Banner of Heaven.
Oscar nominee Detective Jeb Pyre is played by the Oscar nominee in FX on Hulu’s drama. The drama is based on Jon Krakauer‘s 2003 nonfiction book of the same name. Jeb is currently investigating the 1984 murder of Brenda Lafferty, her 15-month old daughter Erica, by Jeb. Jeb, a devout Mormon, deals with a crisis of faith as he learns how the Lafferty family’s own beliefs may have led to Brenda and Erica’s deaths.
“I prepared heavy in the lead-up to shooting,” Garfield exclusively told Us Weekly ahead of the show’s April 28 premiere. “I researched a lot and I did all of my preparation in a really deep way. I traveled to Utah. I spent a lot of time with Mormons: ex-Mormons, gay Mormons, bishop Mormons, detective Mormons.”
The Hacksaw RidgeActor is well-known for his deep commitment and dedication to his roles. Unter dem Banner of Heaven‘s dark subject matter forced him to step back in a way he hadn’t before.
“I would leave work at work for the first time,” he explained to Us. “I really needed to break from that world and be as ordinary and as kind of restful as possible so that I could come back the next day and throw myself back into that very, very dark, subterranean kind of hellscape that we were having to inhabit as these characters.”
Daisy Edgar-JonesBrenda, played by Judith, said that it was important to have some downtime during filming. Filming took place in Calgary Canada, near Calgary’s Rocky Mountains. “We ate so much food!” she told UproxxApril. “That was a big part of it. Also … we did a lot of hiking, which, coming from London, I’m a city gal. I’m not great at long-distance walking. I did enjoy it. It was just not the most uphill. But on the whole, it was a great bonding experience for all of us.”
Dustin Lance Black, who wrote the show’s first three episodes, grew up in the Mormon church and has revealed how Krakauer’s book inspired him to look more deeply at the religion.
“For the first time, so much of my own history, my ancestry and the answers to why things were the way they were when they didn’t seem to fulfill the basic tenets of Mormonism — meaning they didn’t seem to make the family stronger — now I started to understand why and where that patriarchal structure came from,” he told IndieWireApril “It was like a lightning strike for me, reading that book.”
The Oscar winner had read the book and knew he wanted to make it a movie. It took him a while to get the ball moving. The original idea was to make the show a movie. However, the book proved too large to be made into a two-hour movie. “The day that [producer] Brian Grazer called me and said, ‘Hey, the miniseries is a legitimate form again. What do you think?’ That was a very happy day,” Black recalled in the same interview. “I thought if I had seven, eight, nine hours, I could absolutely do it.”
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