Tom Hardy is set to star in a new period drama for BBC Two, Taboo.

The eight-part series will be based on a story that Locke star Tom wrote with his dad Chips Hardy, set in the early 19th century at the time the East India Company reigned supreme.

According to Deadline, Tom will play an adventurer called James Keziah Delaney, who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds and determined to avenge his father’s death.

He refuses to sell his family business to the all-controlling East India Company and instead sets up his own trade and shipping company, leading him into a dangerous game with warring nations Britain and America.

Tom, who will also star in the second series of Peaky Blinders, said it was a ‘flagship British drama for this generation’, adding: “[It’s a] hybrid of orthodox and unconventional storytelling, packed with darkness and spirited characters.”

He continued that his character was ‘a deeply flawed and deeply troubled human being.

“His greatest struggle will be against the East India Company which, throughout the 19th century, was the equivalent of the CIA, the NSA, and the biggest, baddest multi-national corporation on Earth, all rolled into one self-righteous, religiously-motivated monolith.”

Taboo reunites Tom with Locke screenwriter Steven Knight and producer Ridley Scott, who Tom worked with on Child 44.

Filming is due to begin in London in January 2015.


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