This weekend, Tom Hardy will vie for an Oscar for his role as the morally bankrupt fur trapper/murderer John Fitzgerald in The Revenant. It’s exactly the kind of role Hardy excels at: a brooding menace who always seems to be one step ahead of his enemies.
Unsurprisingly, Hardy’s character in the upcoming FX mini-series Taboo looks equally as dangerous. Set in 1814, the story follows James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), a shipping heir who “has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed,” according to a synopsis from Variety. He returns to London to take over his recently deceased father’s business, only to find that his pops was apparently in cahoots with some shady AF characters.
In the first official trailer, we get a glimpse at the ensuing drama, which includes a lot of intense threats, a pig’s head on a stick, Hardy roaming the woods in a skimpy loincloth, and his chilling delivery of the line “I am a very dangerous man to know.” DAMN, MAN.
Taboo is executive produced by Hardy, Ridley Scott, and Stephen Knight, and is based on an original idea by Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy. The eight-episode series is expected to premiere in 2017.