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Actor Tom Hardy has signed on to star in Taboo, an eight-part miniseries that will air on BBC One in the U.K. Director Ridley Scott is producing the project, which was created by Steven Knight.
The Inception actor will play James Keziah Delaney, an early 19th century adventurer who just came back from Africa with a collection of illegally obtained diamonds, notes Variety. He is seeking to avenge his father’s death and builds his own shipping empire. That puts him right in the middle of the relationship between Europe and the young U.S.
“We’re creating a flagship British drama for this generation,” Hardy said in a statement. “A hybrid of orthodox and unconventional story telling, packed with darkness and spirited characters.”
Hardy’s Hardy Son & Baker will produce with Scott’s Scott Free London. Sonar Entertainment will distribute outside the U.K.
BBC drama commissioning controller Ben Stephenson added that he’s “thrilled” to have Knight and Hardy working together again. “This is a major and ambitious undertaking for the BBC, reinforcing our commitment to be the best home for creative talent,” he said, notes The BBC.
Knight also writes the BBC’s Peaky Blinders, which will feature Hardy in its second series. The Eastern Promises writer also wrote and directed Locke, which stars Hardy and will open in the U.S. this month.
Among Hardy’s next projects is the new Mad Max movie, an Elton John biopic and The Drop with James Gandolfini.