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Tom Hardy brings BBC drama 'Taboo' to FX

The first eight-episode season is slated to premiere in 2016.

By Danielle Haynes
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Tom Hardy brings BBC drama 'Taboo' to FX
Tom Hardy arrives for the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of 'The Drop' at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, Canada on September 5, 2014. UPI Photo/Christine Chew | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- British actor Tom Hardy is heading to FX after the network picked up his BBC drama, Taboo.

Steven Knight is writing a script based on a story written by Tom Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy. It's set in 1813 and follows James Keziah Delaney (Hardy) "a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father," the official synopsis says. "Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a very dangerous game."

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Taboo will be produced by Hardy Son & Baker and Scott Free London for BBC One. Sonar Entertainment is distributing it outside of Britain.

"Taboo is the first major production our company, Hardy Son & Baker, is setting sail on, and it gives me great pleasure to know that we are in partnership with FX and the BBC," The Dark Knight Rises actor said. "I believe with the high standard of creative talent -- with Steve Knight and Ridley Scott at the helm -- and with the support and backing of these two great broadcasters, we have found the perfect home and team for Taboo."

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"FX is the perfect partner to engage with this dark, fantastic world that Tom and Steven have created," Scott added.

The first eight-episode season is slated to premiere in 2016.

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