Magazine article Screen International

Tom Hardy's 'Taboo' Begins London Shoot; Cast Revealed

Magazine article Screen International

Tom Hardy's 'Taboo' Begins London Shoot; Cast Revealed

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Drama series Taboo, starring Tom Hardy, is to begin filming in London this week and new additions to the cast have been revealed.

The eight-part drama series has been created by Steven Knight, who previously worked with Hardy on TV series Peaky Blinders and feature Locke, and isdirected by Kristoffer Nyholm (Danish TV series The Killing, The Enfield Haunting) for BBC One and FX.

Hardy plays James Keziah Delaney who returns to 1814 London after 10 years in Africa to discover that he has been lefta mysterious legacy by his father. Driven to wage war on those who have wronged him, Delaney finds himself in a face-offagainst the East India Company, whilst playing a dangerous game between two warring nations - Britain and America.

Alongside Hardy's protagonist is Michael Kelly (House of Cards, Everest), who plays US doctor Dumbarton, Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean) as Sir Stuart Strange, the head of the East India Company and Delaney's nemesis, Oona Chaplin (The Crimson Field, The Hour) as Zilpha Geary, James' half-sister, and David Hayman (Macbeth) as Brace, Delaney's trusted man-servant.

Jessie Buckley (Shades of Love) plays 'Lorna Bow' who lays claim to James' father's will. Ashley Walters (Bullet Boy) is a dangerous face from James' years in Africa. Jefferson Hall (Vikings) plays 'Thorne Geary,' Zilpha's husband; Ed Hogg (White Lightnin', Anonymous) is 'Godfrey,' Delaney's cross-dressing spy inside the East India Company, Leo Bill (Alice in Wonderland, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is 'Wilton,' Strange's fashionable, amoral accomplice; Christopher Fairbank (Guardians of the Galaxy, Hercules) as 'Ibbotson,' a man to whom James is indebted; Richard Dixon (The King's Speech, Mr. …

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