Tom Hardy‘s next small-screen project is shaping up nicely.
Taboo, an eight-episode collaboration between FX and BBC One, stars Hardy as James Delaney, a man who returns to 1814 London after spending 10 years in Africa. Upon learning he’s been left a “mysterious legacy by his father,” James finds himself at odds with the East India Company and becomes entangled in a “dangerous game between two warring nations — Britain and America.”
In addition to starring in the project, created by Peaky Blinders‘ Steven Knight, Hardy will also serve as an executive producer. Production begins this week in London.
Joining Hardy in Taboo are Michael Kelly (House of Cards) as an American doctor named Dumbarton; Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones) as Delaney’s nemesis Sir Stuart Strange; Oona Chaplin as James’ half-sister Zilpha; David Hayman as James’ man-servant Brace; Jessie Buckley as Lorna Bow, who “lays claim to James’ father’s will”; Ashley Walters as a dangerous woman from James’ past in Africa; Jefferson Hall (Vikings) as Zilpha’s husband Thorne Geary; Ed Hogg as a cross-dressing spy named Godfrey; Leo Bill as Stuart Strange’s ruthless, fashion-forward accomplice Wilton; Christopher Fairbank as Ibbotson, to whom James owes a favor; Richard Dixon as Stuart Strange’s right-hand man Pettifer; Jason Watkins as the Prince Regent’s right-hand man Solomon Coop; and Nicholas Woodeson (Rome) as the Delaney’s family lawyer.
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