Tom Hardy Teams with Ridley Scott for TABOO

Tom Hardy will produce and star in a new series for BBC One called Taboo. The series was created by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Peaky Blinders) and will be produced by Ridley Scott (Prometheus, Blade Runner). Taboo follows a “rogue adventurer” who sets out to build his family’s failing business into a trade empire all his own. It is set during the war of 1812. Hardy will, of course, play the rogue. He released this scintillating statement.

“We're creating a flagship British drama for this generation, a hybrid of orthodox and unconventional story telling, packed with darkness and spirited characters. I think Steve Knight and Ridley Scott are the perfect partners and the BBC the perfect home for this hugely exciting and compelling project.”

This project is a bit of a reunion for Hardy, as he has worked with Knight and Scott before. He recently finished Child 44, which Scott produced, and Knight wrote and directed Hardy in Locke, which hits theaters later this month. (You can read my review for Locke here, or watch a video review here. The trailer is here.)

I will watch Hardy in anything. I don’t even care if he does his whacked out Bane voice the whole time. So I hope an American network picks up the rights for this one in the States. In fact, I am assuming that will happen, but nothing has been announced yet. The 8 episode series begins production in January 2015.


Hardy will play James Keziah Delaney, a rogue adventurer living in 1813 who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a dangerous game with two warring nations, Britain and America.

Via The Wrap

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