He’s played everything from unhinged gangsters (Legend, Peaky Blinders) to notorious prisoners (Bronson) and masked Batman-breakers. Heck, even his solitary role in 2013’s Locke had something sinister lurking under the surface.
But Tom Hardy’s next project, following his arguable upstaging of DiCaprio as a traitorous trapper in Oscar frontrunner The Revenant, looks set to further cement the British actor’s reputation for go-to menace even more.
Titled Taboo, this television series for the FX network, produced and developed by Hardy himself, is set in 1813 and follows James Keziah Delaney (played by Hardy), a swindling explorer who returns from Africa with 14 diamonds acquired through illegitimate means.
Seeking vengeance after the death of his father, Delaney refuses to sell the family business to the powerful East India Company, and sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire, caught between the conflicts of two warring nations, Britain and America.
You can watch a trailer for the show here:
Hardy broods with soft-spoken threats throughout the preview. Excitingly, the show is being developed by Locke and Peaky Blinders writer/director Steven Knight too.
The Killing‘s Kristoffer Nyholm takes on the directing duties, and Ridley Scott serves as an executive producer, so we could be looking at something of a hit when Taboo crashes onto our screens sometime in the next year.