Fresh off his successful run as Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road — and endlessly tethered to the relentless production that is The Revenant — Tom Hardy is returning to the small screen for a new project. Teaming up with Danish director Kristoffer Nyholm — the man who helmed the original Scandinavian series The Killing — the actor will star in the new eight-part event series, Taboo. According to Deadline, Nyholm will direct the first four episodes of the British period drama:
Hardy stars as James Keziah Delaney, who returns to London in 1813 after 10 years in Africa to discover that he has been left a mysterious legacy by his father. Driven to right the wrongs of the past, Delaney finds himself in a face-off against the East India Company, while playing a dangerous game between two warring nations — Britain and the newborn U.S. Steven Knight, whose collaborations with Hardy include Peaky Blinders and Locke, has created and written the series.
Ridley Scott is producing the project along with Tom Hardy’s company Hardy Son & Baker. The series is based on an original story by both Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy, who will also act as consulting producer on the project. Taboo is set to air on both BBC Once and FX with production beginning this November in the UK.