LONDON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Shooting began this week in London on Taboo, an eight-episode television series starring Legend and Mad Max: Fury Road actor Tom Hardy, the BBC announced.
The BBC One and FX program was created by Steven Knight, whose credits include Peaky Blinders and Locke. Kristoffer Nyholm is the director.
"Taboo will star Hardy as James Keziah Delaney, who returns to 1814 London after 10 years in Africa to discover that he has been left a mysterious legacy by his father," a news release said. "Driven to wage war on those who have wronged him, Delaney finds himself in a face-off against the East India Company, while playing a dangerous game between two warring nations -- Britain and America."
The ensemble cast includes Michael Kelly, Jonathan Pryce, Oona Chaplin and David Hayman.
"The talent on- and off-screen is incredible and I am so excited to see Steve's captivating scripts come to life. Tom Hardy and the rest of the cast are set to bring this original and spectacular story to life in a unique and epic way," Polly Hill, controller of BBC Drama commissioning, said in a statement on Monday.