Filming will get underway on the dramatic series Taboo in 2015, with Tom Hardy (Locke, The Dark Knight Rises) and Ridley Scott executive producing. Hardy is also on board to star in the series created by Steven Knight, and FX in the US and BBC One in the UK are aiming for a 2016 series premiere.
Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy, came up with the original story.
“We are privileged to have landed Taboo and to work with this exceptional team led by Ridley, Tom and Steven,” said Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. “Tom’s passion for this project, from conceiving the original idea with his father to portraying James Delaney, promises to infuse this epic story with great personal passion and credibility.”
“FX is the perfect partner to engage with this dark, fantastic world that Tom and Steven have created. We’re glad to have them on board,” said Scott.
And executive producer/actor Hardy added, “Taboo is the first major production our company, Hardy Son & Baker, is setting sail on, and it gives me great pleasure to know that we are in partnership with FX and the BBC. I believe with the high standard of creative talent – with Steve Knight and Ridley Scott at the helm – and with the support and backing of these two great broadcasters, we have found the perfect home and team for Taboo.”
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.
-By Rebecca Murray
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