Tom Hardy seems to have found his new creative partner in writer/director Steven Knight. The duo is currently gearing up to release Locke at the end of the month and Hardy will also have a role on the second season of Knight’s BBC show, Peaky Blinders. Hoping to continue their working relationship, the actor has now signed on for another project from Knight. This time it’s a drama series titled Taboo, which is being produced by Ridley Scott.
Penned by Knight, the show will be set in 1813 and tell the story of “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.”
With early buzz for Locke being extremely positive, and Knight and Hardy both having more than proved themselves as very talented individuals, I’m definitely excited to hear that they’ll be working together again. With his star currently shining so bright on the big screen though, it’s a bit surprising to see Hardy taking on two television projects next year. Perhaps he just wants to switch it up a bit? After all, he does have three films set to release over the next 12 months (Child 44, The Drop, Mad Max: Fury Road). Plus, he’s also signed on for the Elton John biopic Rocketman.
With Taboo now on his plate as well, it seems like there will be no shortage of Mr. Tom Hardy in the near future. And considering that he’s one of the most exciting actors currently working in Hollywood, that’s most definitely a good thing.
Taboo will head into production in January 2015.