By Samantha Highfill
April 07, 2014 at 04:58 PM EDT
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Tom Hardy is making his way to the small screen.

EW has confirmed that the Dark Knight Rises actor has partnered with executive producer Ridley Scott for Taboo, a miniseries created by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises).

Taboo, which will consist of eight one-hour episodes, will follow James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), “a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father.” Set in 1813, the miniseries follows Delaney as he attempts to build a trade and shipping empire, a task that puts him in the middle of a war between Britain and America.

“We’re creating a flagship British drama for this generation,” Tom Hardy said in a statement. “A hybrid of orthodox and unconventional story telling, packed with darkness and spirited characters.  I think Steve Knight and Ridley Scott are the perfect partners and the BBC the perfect home for this hugely exciting and compelling project.”

Knight, who most recently teamed up with Hardy for the thriller Locke, added: “This man, James Delaney, is a deeply flawed and deeply troubled human being. His greatest struggle will be against the East India Company which, throughout the nineteenth century, was the equivalent of the CIA, the NSA and the biggest, baddest multi-national corporation on earth, all rolled into one self righteous, religiously motivated monolith.”

Taboo is based on an original story by Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy. It’s being produced for BBC One, with Sonar Entertainment distributing the series outside the UK.

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