Last year, moviegoers found themselves awash with Tom Hardy movies – from The Revenant to Legend to Mad Max: Fury Road – but in 2017, the reputable Brit will be circling back to the small-screen for Taboo, FX’s upcoming miniseries in which he plays James Keziah Delaney.
Having hatched the eight-part period yarn alongside his father Chips, Tom Hardy is very much the driving force behind Taboo, and up above you’ll get a new, extended peek at the thesp in action. Indeed, if last week’s trailer outlined Delaney’s quest for revenge, this clip gives us a sense of Hardy’s brooding intensity as the swashbuckling adventurer. Described as a man who has been to the ends of the Earth, only to come back irrevocably changed, the character of James Keziah Delaney appears to fit right into Hardy’s wheelhouse, and here we get to see Delaney confront Helga (Franka Potente) in the local brothel.
James Keziah Delaney is not one to be trifled with, it seems, and though his return to London has ruffled some feathers among the city’s criminal underbelly, Tom Hardy’s protagonist has a fire in his belly, and we pity anyone that dares cross him. Kristoffer Nyholm is the director behind the first half of Taboo, while the second batch of four episodes is helmed by Anders Engström.
Taboo premieres on Tuesday, January 10 at 10 pm ET/PT and co-stars Jonathan Pryce, Oona Chaplin, Stephen Graham, Michael Kelly (House of Cards, Black Mirror), Jessie Buckley, David Hayman and Tom Hollander.
Set in 1814, Taboo follows James Keziah Delaney, a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But his father’s legacy is a poisoned chalice, and with enemies lurking in every dark corner, James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death sentence. Encircled by conspiracy, murder and betrayal, a dark family mystery unfolds in a combustible tale of love and treachery.