Tom Hardy looks like a total bad-ass in a moody trailer for his new TV series Taboo

A new teaser for FX and BBC’s gritty new period drama Taboo has given us Tom Hardy at his bad-ass best.

Sporting some rather fetching tribal tattoos and swearing to do “very foolish things”, Hardy’s role as vengeful James Delaney looks just as dark as we promised it’d be.

Taboo follows Delaney, a traveller long thought dead who returns to 1814 London after ten years in Africa, burdened with his father’s mysterious legacy.

His obscure family history comes to the fore when he clashes with the all-powerful East India Company over control of his family’s shipping business.

Hardy, along with his father Chips, came up with the screenplay and original idea behind Taboo, which is to be produced by Ridley Scott and Peaky Blinders and Locke’s Steven Knight.

This Is England’s Stephen Graham recently jumped on board the new series, calling it the “antidote” to Downton Abbey.

“There’s no lords or people making tea, it’s gritty and heavy. It’s a fantastic piece and a pleasure to be a part of it,” he told Digital Spy. “It was really good and I’m really pleased with what I’ve seen.”

Graham is playing the role of an Artful Dodger type, who “can kill a man… if the money’s right”. Sounds ominous.

The eight-episode Taboo boasts an all-star cast, also including Jonathan Pryce, Oona Chaplin, David Hayman, Jessie Buckley, Ashley Walters and Jefferson Hall.

Although no official release date has been confirmed, Taboo is expected to premiere on both sides of the Atlantic some time soon.


Tom Hardy will return to Peaky Blinders for series 3

Tom Hardy is returning to Peaky Blinders for its third series.

Series creator Steven Knight has confirmed that the Mad Max: Fury Road star will be back as the imposing Alfie Solomons.

“Yes, Tom is coming back,” Knight told Deadline.

He also hinted that more big-name guest stars could sign up to appear in the next series, adding: “We have new big roles that are written and have enormous interest from really good people. We’re hoping to land some good names.

“The response from everyone and people in the business has been unbelievably good, so we’re in a good place for approaching people who wouldn’t normally do this sort of thing.”

The next series of Peaky Blinders will begin shooting on September 10 – with Knight again voicing his ambition to follow Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) til the eve of World War II.

“It’s a longshot, but the ambition is, I would love to end the final episode of the final series with the first air raid fire of the Second World War,” he explained.

“We’ve been going in two-year jumps [between series], so that would be about 10 series. We may have to start making bigger jumps to get to that point. But I’ll let the story lead [and do] what feels natural.”

Watch Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory talk Peaky Blinders and working with Tom Hardy:

Source: Digital Spy

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