Tom Hardy is one of the most recognizable names in the acting industry right now, having recently starred in Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant as well as the TV series Peaky Blinders. Showing his versatility throughout his career in a number of unique roles, Hardy will return to the small screen at the beginning of the New Year in FX’s upcoming miniseries Taboo, which he will both star in and co-created. The idea from the show came about after Hardy and his father Chips threw about some ideas for a new miniseries.
The final trailer for Taboo was released earlier this month, allowing viewers to take another sneak peek inside the world of James Keziah Delaney (Hardy). The character returns to early-1800s Britain to rebuild his father’s shipping empire, despite legions thinking he had died years before. Taboo also reunites Hardy with his Locke writer/director and Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, who is credited as the co-creator of Taboo (along with Hardy and his father) for his efforts as screenwriter.
BBC One has now unveiled a 90-second clip from Taboo that shows (essentially) a complete scene from the actual TV show. You can check out the clip, below:
Ironically, not much sense can be made of the clip without seeing the scenes that come before and after it, but it seems to reaffirm that Hardy’s character is an unpredictable and violent man who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. Stepping into a brothel to reclaim property that his father left behind, he is soon engaged in a volatile confrontation with the brothel Madam, who fails in her efforts to threaten Delaney. With his quick wit and sharp humor, Delaney is certain to be a character we can get behind, but still question in terms of his moral judgment.
Maintaining such an air of mystery around Taboo could certainly be a great thing for the miniseries. It means that everybody intrigued by the goings-on of the show will have to tune in if they’re to get a flavor of what it really is all about. Coupling that with the extraordinary pulling power Hardy has in anything he puts his name to should ensure high viewership.
In saying that, there’s the chance that in not revealing very much at all about what we should expect could put some people off from checking out Taboo at all. There are those of us who like to know what we’re going into before starting a new series and dedicating time to a show when there’s so many other choices that could be made. Time will tell on that one.
Taboo premieres January 10th, 2017 on FX.
Source: BBC One