Michael Kelly, Oona Chaplin, Jonathan Pryce & More Join BBC One/FX Co-Production ‘Taboo’

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BBC One and FX have set the cast for their upcoming co-production Taboo.

Michael Kelly (House Of Cards), Oona Chaplin (The Crimson Field), Jonathan Pryce (Game Of Thrones) and David Hayman (Macbeth) have signed on for co-starring roles opposite Tom Hardy (Peaky Blinders) in the eight period drama from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, TVWise has learned.

“The talent on- and off-screen is incredible and I am so excited to see Steve’s captivating scripts come to life”, said the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning in a statement. “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.”

Penned by Steven Knight, Taboo is set in the early nineteenth century and follows James Keziah Delaney, a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father. 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.

Tom HardyTom Hardy was previously set as series lead James Keziah Delaney. Michael Kelly has been cast as American doctor Dumbarton; Oona Chaplin as Zilpha Geary James’s half-sister; Jonathan Pryce as Sir Stuart Strange, the head of the East India Company and Delaney’s nemesis; and David Hayman (Macbeth, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) as Brace, Delaney’s trusted man-servant.

Rounding out the cast is Jessie Buckley (Shades of Love) as Lorna Bow; Ashley Walters (Bullet Boy) as a dangerous face from James’s years in Africa; Jefferson Hall (Vikings) as Thorne Geary; Ed Hogg (Anonymous) as Godfrey; Leo Bill (Alice in Wonderland) as Wilton; Christopher Fairbank (Hercules) as Ibbotson; Richard Dixon (Mr Turner) as Pettifer; Jason Watkins (Nativity) as Solomon Coop, the Prince Regent’s right-hand man and Spy Master; and Nicholas Woodeson (The Living and the Dead) as lawyer Thoyt.

The series, which received a green-light at BBC One back in April 2014 before FX boarded last November, is based on an original story by Tom Hardy & his father Chips Hardy, and is being produced by Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker. The executive producers are Ridley Scott, Kate Crowe, Tom Hardy, Dean Baker and Steven Knight; while Timothy Bricknell is the series producer. Production on Taboo is now underway in London for a 2016 premiere on BBC One in the UK and FX in the United States.