Whether it’s the formidable Bane or Charles Bronson (real name Michael Gordon Peterson), throughout the course of his stellar career, Tom Hardy has developed a knack for characters that are as dark as they are fiercely intense. Last year, for instance, his fiery, yet understated performance as Max Rockatansky was enough to leave even Immortan Joe quaking in his boots, and Tom Hardy fans will soon be turning their gaze toward Taboo, FX’s upcoming miniseries that places the British actor in the grubby boots of swashbuckling adventurer, James Keziah Delaney.
From the character description alone, we know that Delaney is “a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed,” but thanks to today’s deluge of Taboo promos, we get to see a glimpse of Hardy’s scenery-chewing role. Set in 1814, here we see James Keziah Delaney return home to London years after he was reported dead. He’s a ghost, essentially, and those eerie teasers below give us a sense of the fearsome aura surrounding one James Keziah Delaney in remarkable fashion.
Hatched as an eight-part miniseries, Hardy was actively involved in the development of Taboo, even penning the screenplay alongside his father, Chips Hardy. Kristoffer Nyholm (The Killing, The Enfield Haunting), meanwhile, is attached to helm the first four episodes of FX’s latest original series, while on the other side of the camera the network has filled out the show’s cast with Game of Thrones alum Jonathan Pryce, Oona Chaplin, Stephen Graham, Michael Kelly (House of Cards, Black Mirror), Jessie Buckley, David Hayman, Tom Hollander and Franka Potente.
Taboo is expected to premiere on Tuesday, January 10 at 10pm ET/PT.