Tom Hardy has enjoyed a fairly swift and impressive rise to fame over the past few years, mixing up Hollywood blockbusters like Inception and The Dark Knight Rises with smaller, critically-acclaimed drama films like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Warrior (This Means War was somewhat out of character).
This year Hardy can be seen playing lead roles in a couple of indie movies: The Drop, a crime drama that he co-starred in with James Gandolfini, and Steven Knight's one-location thriller Locke. The latter has been heaped with praise from reviewers, and now Hardy is set to reunite with Knight on a very different project.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Hardy is set to play the lead in Taboo, a new miniseries created by Knight with Ridley Scott acting as executive producer. Set in 1813, Taboo follows the story of a rogue adventurer called James Keziah Delaney, who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds and a thirst for vengeance following the death of his father. Delaney uses the diamonds to kick off his own trade and shipping empire, but soon finds himself occupying an unpleasant space in the middle of a war between Britain and America.
Taboo will consist of eight hour-long episodes and will air on the BBC One in the UK, with Sonar Entertainment distributing overseas. It's based on an original story that Hardy himself co-wrote with his father, Chips Hardy. In a statement released alongside the announcement, Hardy sounded enthused about its potential.
"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."
In his own statement, Knight offered a few additional details about the story, including the fact that Delaney's main battle will be against the East India Company, which during the nineteenth century was the "biggest, baddest multi-national corporation on earth." Unfortunately the Golden Age of Piracy had more or less fizzled out by 1813, but here's hoping that Hardy and Knight have found a way to make the shipping trade interesting even without pirate intervention.
We'll keep you updated on Taboo as development continues.
Source: Entertainment Weekly