The heart and soul of Under the Banner of Heaven is a woman named Brenda Wright Lafferty. The real Brenda was raised in Twin Falls, Idaho, an agricultural city about two hours southeast of Boise, known for its spectacular — you guessed it — two falls. Her father had a degree from Cornell and both parents encouraged Brenda to go to college and chase after her own dreams of being a broadcast journalist. But Brenda’s life took a turn when she transferred to Brigham Young University in Utah, where she met and fell in love with Allen Lafferty. The Lafferty clan were a bastion of conservative Mormon ideals in Utah and Brenda — beautiful, ambitious, and outspoken — butted against the family’s ways. Around the time Brenda married Allen, his older brothers were falling under the spell of Fundamentalist Mormon beliefs, which included polygamy and blood atonement.

FX’s Under the Banner of Heaven tells the horrifying story of Brenda’s murder in 1984. Based on Jon Krakauer’s non-fiction book of the same name, Under the Banner of Heaven follows fictional detectives Jeb Pyre (Andrew Garfield) and Bill Taba (Gil Birmingham) as they try to unravel what would possess anyone to kill not only Brenda, but her 15-month-old daughter Erica. It’s a disturbing deep dive into the intersection of Mormon history and contemporary crime, but at the center of it all is the memory of Brenda, played by Daisy Edgar-Jones.

During a recent FX press day, Edgar-Jones told journalists that Under the Banner of Heaven creator Dustin Lance Black had collated an immense amount of research, including primary sources for Brenda.

“I had a lot of access to the letters she had written to her sister and I think something that really struck me was what an incredibly empathetic person she was,” Edgar-Jones said. “I think in the scenes that we see, particularly in that first episode, we watch her watching people quite a lot. And I think that was something I really wanted to capture, that she’s someone who is always kind of more concerned with the experiences of the people around her than what’s going on for herself. And I think that empathetic quality was what I really wanted to try and emulate in my performance.”

Besides capturing Brenda’s “empathetic quality,” the British Edgar-Jones also nails her suburban Idaho accent. (At least, as someone who has family in Idaho, I think so.) In a recent interview with Decider, Edgar-Jones joked that she had to figure out how to get back to her own accent after doing three different American accents in the last year.

“But I think it really does inform a character, even from a physical perspective. I didn’t realize until I started working in accents how the way we speak affects the way we move. It’s really fascinating,” Edgar-Jones said.

“With Brenda she grows up in Idaho, but she’s also wanting to pursue broadcast journalism so I wanted there to be some neutrality to her voice. Because obviously she wants to be a news reader. One thing I wanted to convey was her warmth and I think that’s very present in that accent, and in that voice.”

Brenda is one of the few female characters in Under the Banner of Heaven who is constantly using her voice to advocate for herself and the people she loves. While other Mormon women feel the pressure to acquiesce to the men in their lives, Brenda believes that the Holy Spirit not only speaks to women as well as men, but that her thoughts, dreams, and ideas matter. Nowhere is this more evident than in two scenes in Under the Banner of Heaven Episode 2. In the first, Brenda navigates sexism in her workplace; in the second, within the Lafferty family.
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The Under The Banner of Heaven cast has been busy doing promotion work for the show over the last days, including a string of interviews for various online magazines, YouTube channels and websites. Instead of posting a new post every time a new clip is released from their press day, I’ve decided to add them all into this one big master-post for easier browsing! I have added 3 to begin with, all which can be checked out in our video archive below. This post will be updated in real time whenever additional press interviews are added to our video archive, so make sure you keep checking back – or, you can additionally browse the entire Under The Banner of Heaven Promotion tag in our video archive here!

I will also add screen captures of any videos I come across that is available in both good and clear quality, and those will be added to this category in our gallery. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to see caps added from an interview that is currently missing!

All Press Junket Videos

  • Added: Apr 29, 2022   |   Duration: 03:31   |   Views: 3842
    PopSugar - Andrew Garfield and his Under the Banner of Heaven castmates Daisy Edgar Jones, Gil Birmingham, Chloe Pirrie, and Tyner Rushing had a blast telling us how they decompress after a long day of shooting seriously intense material (oysters and small knitted hearts are involved), and Andrew describes his new career as a crime fighter with great sincerity.
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    #AndrewGarfield and #DaisyEdgar-Jones discuss their new true-crime drama " #UnderTheBannerOfHeaven ," Andrew's sneaky #Spider-Man return, and Daisy's other co-star Sebastian Stan with IMDB
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    Under the Banner of Heaven stars Daisy Edgar-Jones, Chloe Pirrie, and Tyner Rushing share how they brought some joy to the set of FX's new true crime drama.

In addition to their appearance on The View, Daisy and Andrew also visited the Today Show yesterday to promote Under The Banner of Heaven. Check out their interview below! I haven’t been able to find any stills or photos from their visit yet, so I’ve added screen captures from the clip for the time being. I hope to have some better quality photos soon, keep checking back…

Actors Andrew Garfield and Daisy Edgar-Jones join the 3rd Hour of TODAY to talk about their new true crime series, “Under the Banner of Heaven,” based on a real-life mystery. The pair talk about building a connection without having any scenes together and lightening the mood with dance parties on set.

Screen Captures > Talk Show & TV Interviews > 2022: The Today Show

Yesterday, Daisy and her co-star Andrew Garfield visited the talk show ‘The View’ to promote the premiere of Under The Banner of Heaven! A couple of high quality stills have been released, and can be found in our gallery. You can check out their interview below – and make sure to stream the first two episodes of the show, available now!

Public Appearances > Appearances 2022 > April 28: Visiting ‘The View’

Hello Daisy fans! On April 20th, the Hollywood premiere of Under The Banner of Heaven was held at the Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles. The entire cast was in attendance, and we have been blessed with an extreme amount of photos! Daisy wore a unique black satin gown with faux fur trim for the occasion, and while this is not my favorite outfit of hers, I love her hair and make-up here. The dress is Gucci, and it was accessorized with beautiful Tiffany & Co. jewelry

More than 400 high quality photos of Daisy and her co-stars have been added to our gallery, and I’ve added a few videos from the red carpet to our video archive as well. Find all the links and previews below! These are all well worth a look.

Red Carpet Videos

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    Broll footage: Actress Daisy Edgar-Jones attends FX’s “Under the Banner of Heaven” red carpet premiere held at the Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles, California USA on April 20th, 2022
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    Broll footage: Stars Chloe Pirrie, Adelaide Clemens, Daisy Edgar-Jones attend FX’s “Under the Banner of Heaven” red carpet premiere held at the Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles, California USA on April 20th, 2022
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    Broll footage: Stars Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Tyner Rushing, Wyatt Russell, Chloe Pirrie, Adelaide Clemens, Rory Culkin, Seth Numrich, Sandra Seacat, Gil Birmingham attend FX’s “Under the Banner of Heaven” red carpet premiere held at the Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles, California USA on April 20th, 2022
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    ET Canada - "Under The Banner Of Heaven" stars Andrew Garfield, Daisy Edgar-Jones, and Sam Worthington, and executive producer Ron Howard discuss the themes of their new true-crime series based on the bestselling book by Jon Krakauer.

The promotion for Daisy’s upcoming show “Under the Banner of Heaven” officially kicked off this Monday, as Daisy attended The Late Late Show with James Corden to discuss the series! She was a guest alongside Pedro Pascal, who is promoting “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.” They talked about shooting in Banff, missing home, the northern lights and more. We also learned that Daisy is heading to Coachella later this week!

Considering she had to do most of her “Normal People” promotion over zoom, this is her first in person appearance on the show. She’s so natural and fun to watch though, it looks like she’s been doing talk shows her whole life! You can check out two clips from the episode below, and find HQ stills in our gallery. Screen captures will be up soon, so just keep checking the gallery.

James asks “Under the Banner of Heaven” Daisy Edgar-Jones about her new series and she tells him about the beauty of shooting in Banff, pronunciation aside. And Daisy and Pedro Pascal compare their experience of seeing the Northern Lights before Reggie Watts poses a question.

Public Appearances > Appearances 2022 > April 18: The Late Late Show with James Corden

The first official trailer for Daisy’s upcoming limited series titled “Under the Banner of Heaven” was released by FX’s today! It looks incredible – and thankfully it’s just a month away now. We expect many more news and media releases related to the show in the coming days, so make sure you keep checking back for all the latest.

This goes beyond just a murder. Watch the OFFICIAL TRAILER for FX’s Under the Banner of Heaven, starring Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, and Daisy Edgar-Jones. Premieres April 28. Only on Hulu. From Executive Producer and Academy Award® winner Dustin Lance Black.

“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.