2015 was a magnificent year for Tom Hardy, starring as Max Rockatansky in Fury Road, playing dual roles as the Kray brothers in Legend, and earning an Oscar nomination as the villainous John Fitzgerald in The Revenant. You have to hand it to the guy: no two of his projects are the same, and he is returning to television with the FX miniseries Taboo, based on a story he wrote with his father, Chips Hardy, and created by Steven Knight, with whom Hardy worked on 2014’s drama Peaky Blinders.
Taboo is the story of James Keziah Delaney, a man who returns to 1814 Britain after a shadowy decade in Africa to inherit his father’s shipping empire. Unfortunately, he inherits all the baggage, competitors, and in-fighting that comes along with it. Consumed by revenge and secrets of his past, Delaney takes on the East India Company, the “leviathan of the sea, the beast with a million eyes and a million ears.” If the trailer is any indication, this will be a dark, scheming, treacherous delight when it premieres in 2017. Leo Bill (The Borgias, The White Queen), Jonathan Pryce (Wolf Hall, Game of Thrones), and Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones, The Crimson Field) are among the cast.
The eight-episode miniseries is produced by Hardy, Knight, Dean Baker, and Ridley Scott. Tom and Chips Hardy and Knight are credited as writers of all eight episodes, and Kristoffer Nyholm (The Killing, Death of a Pilgrim) will direct. The series will air on FX in America and BBC One in the United Kingdom.