Watch a trailer for ‘Taboo’ starring Tom Hardy

New BBC One miniseries co-written by Hardy and his father

A new trailer has been released for Taboo , a period drama set in Victorian London starring Tom Hardy.

The eight-part series was created by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight from a story co-written by Hardy and his father (Chips Hardy). Hardy plays the character of James Delaney, a man with a dark family past who seeks to wreak vengeance over the control of his family’s business.

After spending 10 years in Africa and having been presumed dead, Delaney is on a quest to rebuild his life when he comes into contact with the East India Company. Delaney brandishes himself as a ‘very dangerous man’ with plans to do ‘very very foolish things.’ You can watch the trailer in the player below.

The series, directed by Kristoffer Nyholm who previously directed The Enfield Haunting and the original version of The Killing, will air on BBC One in the UK and FX in the United States. Chips Hardy is also consulting producer for the show.

Hardy and Knight previously worked together on the popular BBC Two series Peaky Blinders which also starred Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill. The third series of the show is due to air in April this year.

Taboo is said to be ‘encircled by conspiracy, murder, and betrayal’ and is expected to be released in 2017.


Meanwhile, in December 2015, Hardy spoke about how he was “bummed” to lose his role on this year’s Suicide Squad film.

The British actor was originally cast as Rick Flag in the eagerly-anticipated super-villain movie, but when a lack of snow held up his latest film The Revenant, he was forced to drop out.

Confirming that The Revenant‘s shooting delay caused his exit from Suicide Squad, Hardy told Variety: “It punched right into that, yeah. That got derailed for me. Was I bummed? Of course I was. I hate fucking losing work. I kept bemoaning that they were losing me significant money on a daily basis. Actually, it was good for my character.”

Hardy plays a criminal on the run in The Revenant, co-starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the wintry western from Birdman director Alejandro G. Iñárritu. He is now earning Oscar buzz for his performance as the film’s main villain. Watch the trailer below.

Meanwhile, the role of Rick Flag in Suicide Squad was bagged by Joel Kinnaman after Hardy was forced to drop out. The super-villain movie also stars Jared Leto as The Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc and Adam Beach as Slipknot.

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How To Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis will appear in a supporting role as Amanda Waller, a government agent who is often put in charge of the ‘suicide squad’, a team of super-villains working for the government in return for their freedom. The film is set for release on August 5 next year.