FX shows have very specific fan bases, with The Americans, Fargo, Atlanta, Louie, and American Horror Story. Next, they're stepping into the period drama game. Their new miniseries is taking it back to the early 19th century. What's more, Taboo assembled a cast of actors you might not expect to see together, but definitely recognize. The world they create will change your perception of the East India Trading Company forever.
According to the official press release, the series is about James Keziah Delaney, "a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father's shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But his father's legacy is a poisoned chalice, and with enemies lurking in every dark corner, James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death sentence. Encircled by conspiracy, murder and betrayal, a dark family mystery unfolds in a combustible tale of love and treachery."
Here are the actors leading the FX series. The cast also includes Stephen Graham, Jessie Buckley, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, David Hayman, Tom Hollander, Jefferson Hall, Leo Bill, and Mark Gatiss.
Tom Hardy Plays "Delaney"
Mad Max: Fury Road. Inception. Peaky Blinders. My favorite romantic comedy of 2012, This Means War. The Revenant. He was Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. Soon you'll see Hardy in Dunkirk, and as Al Capone in Fonzo. Hardy never plays the same kind of character twice, and stars in the series as the haunted man.
Oona Chaplin As "Zilpha Geary"
You may recognize Chaplin from Game of Thrones, where she played Robb Stark's ill-fated wife. You should recognize her from The Hour, an underrated mystery series. She was also in Quantum of Solace and Black Mirror.
Michael Kelly Plays "Dumbarton"
He's best known for playing Doug Stamper on House of Cards. Kelly has also appeared in Criminal Minds, Person of Interest, and Now You See Me.
Jonathan Pryce As "Sir Stuart Strange"
Not to be confused with the Marvel character. Whether you know Pryce for being everyone's religious nightmare on Game of Thrones, or as Elizabeth Swann's clueless dad in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, you've seen definitely seen face before.
The one thing that connects these actors, in terms of the projects they make and their general vibe as artists, is a sense of ominousness or foreboding. I can see them sneaking through the London fog on Taboo already.