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). Via The Wrap
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.”
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.