Taboo Trailer: Tom Hardy and His Dad Got Ridley Scott to Make a TV Show About 19th-Century Shipping Empires and Their Roguish Heirs


Was ever a fortune passed down in 19th-century fiction without setting off an immediate storm of conflict, conspiracies, and chicanery? Not in Taboo! The upcoming FX series, produced by Ridley Scott, stars Tom Hardy as the long-thought-dead heir to a Regency-era shipping empire who returns to claim his father's legacy, setting off what looks like a string of forbidden, outlawed, illicit, and impolite behavior. It's based on a story by Hardy and his delightfully named father, Edward "Chips" Hardy, who, based on that factoid, probably have a better family relationship than anyone in the show.