By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 3, 2014 at 5:29PM
Tom Hardy is set to star in a new BBC series, "Taboo," with the prolific Ridley Scott as executive producer.
The series, a historical thriller set in the early 19th century, will be eight one-hour episodes. It's created by Hardy's "Locke" director Steven Knight ("Dirty Pretty Things," "Eastern Promises").
Here's the official synopsis:
Set in 1813, TABOO 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.
For some historical context, Knight elaborates on the nature of Hardy's character:
"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."
"Taboo" is looking toward a January 2015 production start date. Scott's Scott Free banner and Hardy's Hardy Son & Baker are producing.