Tom Hardy to star in new Ridley Scott BBC drama Taboo
Actor will play a rogue adventurer from the early nineteenth century
The Inception actor will play a rogue adventurer who sets out to build a shipping empire, pitting him against the East India Company.
Set in 1813, the drama will see Hardy’s character seek avenge for his father’s death after returning from Africa with 14 diamonds.
Hardy, who wrote the original story with his father Chips, has called it “a flagship drama for this generation” and “a hybrid of orthodox and unconventional storytelling”.
Gladiator director Sir Ridley said Hardy’s character “will become iconic”.
The role marks Hardy’s latest venture from film to TV after recently joining the cast of BBC2’s period gangster drama Peaky Blinders.
The new eight-part series, Taboo, will reunite Hardy with his Locke director and screenwriter Steven Knight, who has written the drama’s script.
Knight described Hardy’s character James Delaney as a “deeply flawed and deeply troubled human being”.
“His greatest struggle will be against the East India Company which, throughout the 19th Century, was the equivalent of the CIA, the NSA and the biggest, baddest multinational corporation on earth, all rolled into one self-righteous, religiously motivated monolith,” he told the BBC.
Filming for Taboo will begin in the UK in January next year.
Film Leonardo DiCaprio hunts Tom Hardy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 National Orgasm Day: Six reasons (plus one bogus one) why they're good for us
- 2 The 'world's most beautiful vagina' has been debunked by science
- 3 Whoopi Goldberg tells Cara Delevingne to suck it up: 'She's not famous. I'M famous'
- 4 John Green schools morning show hosts after awkward interview with Cara Delevingne
- 5 Doctor Who: Christopher Eccleston says why he left the BBC series after just one series
Why Harry Potter's aged 35, not 26
Frank Ocean, where's that new album at?
Jon Snow: Kit Harington spotted in Belfast where Game of Thrones season 6 is filming
Drake responds to Meek Mill's 'diss' track 'Wanna Know' by laughing at the rapper on Instagram
Game of Thrones to run for at least eight seasons, according to HBO showrunners
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn says 'we can learn a great deal from Karl Marx'
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Public anger after French sunbather beaten up by gang for wearing a bikini in Reims park
Labour leadership: New poll shows party is now even 'less electable' than under Ed Miliband