Noted pupppy enthusiast Tom Hardy has been a pretty busy guy as of late. This year he starred in The Drop and Locke, then season two of Peaky Blinders. He has five movies currently in some stage of development, and he’s rumored for Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad flick as well. If that’s not enough THard for you (it should not be), good news: He’s reteaming with Locke director Steven Knight for an historical drama called Taboo. Via the press release, here’s what this sucker’s all about:
Set in 1813, Taboo is based on an original story by Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy. In Taboo, Hardy plays the lead role of “James Keziah Delaney,” a rogue adventurer 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 very dangerous game.
Rogue adventurer Tom Hardy sticking it to the man? Yeah, that works for me. In addition to Hardy (Tom, not Chips. His dad’s name is Chips! Chip, plural!), Taboo will be executive produced by Ridley Scott, which isn’t nearly as exciting a thing as it would have been, oh, ten years ago.
The first season will be eight episodes long, and it’ll in theory air mid-2016 on FX in the US and BBC One in the UK. Plenty of time for Tom to come up with a weird accent.