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Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott Team Up for New Historical Thriller BBC Series

Photo of Beth Hanna 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.
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Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy

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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.