Exclusive First Look at Taboo Starring Oscar Nominee Tom Hardy
Executive Produced by Hardy, Ridley Scott and Created by Steven Knight
First Trailer for Eight-Part Drama Series from FX and BBC One Gets Worldwide Release as Production Continues in London
Starting today audiences worldwide are getting an exclusive look at Taboo, the new drama series starring Tom Hardy, who is currently nominated for an Oscar® for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for The Revenant. The show is also executive produced by Hardy alongside Ridley Scott and Steven Knight who created the eight-episode drama series. The first trailer is being released as production continues in London with a major international cast for FX and BBC One. Taboo is currently anticipated to air in 2017.
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. It’s nothing as taboo as you might possibly find if you were to watch an adult entertainment film.
Taboo is based on an original story by Tom Hardy and his father Chips Hardy who is also the show’s consulting producer.
Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London and Tom Hardy’s Hardy Son & Baker are producing for FX and BBC One with Sonar Entertainment distributing worldwide outside the UK. Executive producers are Ridley Scott and Kate Crowe for Scott Free, Tom Hardy and Dean Baker for Hardy Son & Baker, and Steven Knight, with Timothy Bricknell producing. Taboo is directed by Kristoffer Nyholm and reunites Hardy and Knight for their third collaboration following Locke and Peaky Blinders.
In addition to his work in The Revenant, Tom Hardy most recently played the lead role in the Oscar-nominated Mad Max: Fury Road. Ridley Scott’s The Martian is currently nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Motion Picture of the Year.
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FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel of FX Networks, a business unit of 21ST Century Fox. FX Networks is comprised of FX, FXM and FXX. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 92 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series, including The Americans, The Strain, Tyrant and the upcoming Taboo; the critically-acclaimed limited series American Horror Story, Fargo and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story; acclaimed hit comedy series including the award-winning Louie, Archer, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Baskets and the upcoming Better Things and Atlanta. FX is the former home of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit drama series The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, Damages, Sons of Anarchy and Justified. The network’s library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported television network. FX’s roster of acquired hit series includes Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother and Mike & Molly.
ABOUT SCOTT FREE FILMS
Award-winning filmmaker Ridley Scott set up Scott Free London in early 2010 as an independent development and production outfit for theatrical feature and television content.
The company has since produced the Kevin Macdonald–directed YouTube backed sensation Life In A Day, as well as follow-ups Britain In A Day, Japan In A Day, and (in conjunction with sister company RSA Films) Christmas In A Day and Springsteen And I. The company is currently in production on India In A Day for Google, directed by Richie Mehta.
September 2014 saw the release of psychological thriller Before I Go To Sleep by Rowan Joffe, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong, and based on the best-selling novel by SJ Watson. Christopher Smith’s family comedy Get Santa also came out in December 2014 through Warner Bros in the UK and Wrekin Hill in the US, starring Jim Broadbent and Rafe Spall.
The company is currently in post-production on comedy feature Mindhorn for StudioCanal and BBC Films.
Scott Free London has a number of feature and television projects in development, and operates in close conjunction with the London office of RSA Films, one of the world’s largest and most successful commercial production houses, as well as its sister company Scott Free Productions in Los Angeles, California.
ABOUT HARDY, SON & BAKER
Tom Hardy formed Hardy Son & Baker with partner Dean Baker in 2012 with the goal to create and produce sophisticated, high quality film and TV content.
HSB has a very active film and TV development slate, working with New Line Cinema on 100 Bullets, NBC Universal International Studios on several event TV series and collaborating with Working Title Films on a feature project.
Taboo was originated by Hardy and is HSB’s first TV drama production.
ABOUT SONAR ENTERTAINMENT
Sonar Entertainment is a multi-faceted independent entertainment company designed to meet today’s ever-changing landscape in global television production and distribution. With headquarters in Los Angeles and offices around the world, Sonar is uniquely positioned to participate in a wide range of ways in order to create television series, miniseries and movies. The company develops, produces, acquires, deficit finances, packages and distributes product both internationally and domestically. While primarily focused on the development and production of new product, Sonar is also the distributor of over 1,000 library titles comprised of award-winning programs from RHI Entertainment, Hallmark Entertainment and Hal Roach Studios, among others.