Taboo is the latest television series from the creator of Peaky Blinders and the writer/director of Locke, Steven Knight. The series stars Knight’s Locke collaborator, Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road) as James Keziah Delaney, a world-wearied, nineteenth century Englishman looking to return home and inherit his father’s vast shipping empire after spending time in Africa in 1814. Taboo is set to air on FX, with Ridley Scott serving as executive producer, in what is sure to be another head-turning lead role from the often enigmatic A-list performer Hardy.
Thus far there has been little to be seen of the show proper, though Hardy’s past work on series creator Knight’s 2013 independent drama Locke should help to pave the way for another pleasing creative partnership between the two premiere talents. And as luck would have, the first feature length trailer for Taboo (an eight-episode miniseries) has just arrived.
In the footage featured above, Hardy is at his menacing best as an apparently disgraced son of his late father, whose presumed absence in Africa at the time of his father’s death led some of those looking to inherit his fortune quite surprised to find the man alive and well. By the looks of things, Taboo should be as hard hitting as Knight’s Oscar-nominated 2008 drama Eastern Promises, with plenty of help from Hardy in a role that will be sure to turn heads when the series eventually premieres.
See the official plot synopsis for Taboo below:
Taboo follows James Keziah Delaney, a man who has been to the ends of the earth and come back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa in 1814 to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But when his father’s legacy is revealed to be a poisoned chalice and enemies lurk in every dark corner, James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death sentence. Encircled by conspiracy, murder, and betrayal, a dark family mystery unfolds in an explosively colorful tale of love and treachery.
Based on a story co-written by Hardy and his father, Chip Hardy, who serves as the show’s consulting producer, Taboo looks to be shaping up into quiet the basic cable event. It would appear as though Hardy knows no limits, and his latest offering for television should be just as enticing for potential viewers as those who were so recently enthralled by the actor on the big screen this past summer in Mad Max: Fury Road.
With Knight, Scott, and Hardy collectively pulling together behind the scenes of this latest British-American production for television, Taboo should be as full of tenuous intrigue and dark themes as the latest trailer so grandly intimates. In due time, American audiences can expect to be made privy to a series that appears to be by all accounts one of the boldest new shows of 2016.
Taboo is expected to premiere on FX in 2016.