I am a very dangerous man to know.
Tom Hardy goes into the wild and comes back to an even wilder society, now a changed man. 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.
This is the first trailer for the upcoming FX miniseries Taboo.
The limited drama series will consist of eight episodes and will be directed entirely by Kristoffer Nyholm, whose background includes of the Danish version of The Killing. Taboo is based on an original story by Tom Hardy and his father Chips Hardy, who is also the show’s consulting producer, and they are teaming with Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Locke) as the show’s producer and co-writer, while Ridley Scott’s Scott Free are producing for BBC One and FX.
Steven Knight said the East India Company would be depicted in the series as the “historical equivalent of the CIA, the NSA, and the biggest, baddest multinational corporation on earth”. This sparked a bit of controversy from historians who thought it would shine a negative light on the East India Trading Company’s historical significant. Judging from the company’s storied history of colonialism, enslavement and bullying tactics, said historians might want to agree with Knight in the long-run.
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