When he’s not putting on a mask and taking on the Batman, we don’t hear too much about Tom Hardy stateside. That’s unfortunate, because he continues to churn out incredible work. His latest feature film effort, Locke, which opens here on April 25th, was written and directed by Steven Knight. Knight is also the creator of the early 20th century gangster series Peaky Blinders, which just added Hardy in a second season role. See the pattern yet? Well, Knight also provided the pen behind Taboo, an eight-episode drama series for the BBC that has Hardy attached to star. Hit the jump for more on the Taboo miniseries.
As The Playlist reports, Hardy will star in Taboo, a BBC miniseries written by Knight and produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free, and Hardy’s Son & Baker, with the project set up at BBC One and Sonar Entertainment. The show takes place about 100 years earlier than Peaky Blinders, set in 1813, and follows “James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), 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 dangerous game with two warring nations, Britain and America.”
Here’s what Knight had to say about the project in a press release:
This man, James Delaney, is a deeply flawed and deeply troubled human being. His greatest struggle will be against the East India Company which, throughout the nineteenth century, was the equivalent of the CIA, the NSA and the biggest, baddest multi-national corporation on earth, all rolled into one self righteous, religiously motivated monolith.
Production on Taboo will start in January of 2015.