2017 is getting off to a rocking start thanks to an awesome line-up of films and television shows, and it doesn’t get any cooler than Tom Hardy’s dark and dangerous new historical drama series Taboo, which is set to premiere on January 7.
Set in 1841, Taboo follows the story of adventurer James Keziah Delaney, who returns from Africa hellbent on revenge against the East India Trading Company following the death of his father.
This eight-part miniseries is sure to be an unmissable event, and to get you primed for the onslaught of violence, sex and madness ,we thought we’d gift you with a selection of five films and TV shows that will get you pumped up for this wicked television event:
The Last of the Mohicans
Michael Mann’s epic tale of flintlocks and tomahawks is high adventure at its very best. This gripping historical drama follows the adventures of the trapper Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis), as he falls for the beautiful Cora Munro (Madeleine Stowe), and does everything he can to rescue her from the brutality of the French and Indian Wars. Day-Lewis epitomises the heroic man of action perfectly, and the lengths he goes to in order to protect his great love Cora are swoon-worthy.
This four-season series uses a good deal of historical accuracy and narrative to keep audiences gripped from episode to episode. A great cast including Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, Jessica Parker Kennedy and Ray Stevenson keep the scenes both hearty and heavy, and there are plenty of brilliant sea battles, betrayals and double crosses that make this series an unmissable watch. The final season is set to begin on January 29.
Taboo star Tom Hardy has made a career out of portraying a collection of antiheroes, nutters and psychos, but it doesn’t get more insane than his performance as Britain’s most dangerous prisoner, Charles Bronson, in 2008’s Bronson. Hardy went all-out as this deranged criminal, who despite starting fights left, right and centre, still had his own warped moral compass, and reinvented himself as an ‘artist’. We’re sure that a bit of Bronson has probably made it into the character of Delaney, and the resulting madness should be a lot of fun.
Taboo certainly looks to be a bleak tale and carries with it the tinge of Charles Dickens in its unpleasant pauper alleys, and the grand scale and lavish wealth of the East India Trading company’s elite. To prepare yourselves for the world of Taboo, we highly suggest you seek out Mike Newell’s Great Expectations, which stars Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter and Holliday Grainger. Its intriguing characters and rich visual landscape should have you primed for Taboo.
The character of James Keziah Delaney certainly looks to be that of a broken, haunted and violent man, and these same traits appear in anti-hero swashbuckler Soloman Kane. Starring British thespian James Purefoy, this gritty tale of sword and sorcery is a must-watch for action fans thanks to its tooth and nail swordfights ,and Purefoy’s performance as the reformed tough guy. You’ll need your adrenaline up for Taboo, and Soloman Kane is a great place to start.