Already a star of the big screen, Tom Hardy has dabbled in television, starring in two heavy hitters, Peaky Blinders and Taboo. The former was a huge hit and spawned several seasons, but the latter has been strangely absent since its debut in January 2017. Although Taboo Season 2 was immediately announced in March 2017, there are still not many details about when the series will return to BBC One and FX and what will happen next.
While we don’t yet have complete information, executive producer Steven Knight has revealed some possible plot details, and we know that Taboo Season 2 will indeed have eight episodes. But what else do we know about the Victorian-style drama starring Tom Hardy and his father Chips? Let’s find out all the latest news about Taboo season 2 and when we can expect a sequel.
When will Taboo Season 2 air?
While there is still no official announcement of a premiere date for the series, Knight told Den of Geek in May 2017 that he is hard at work on a second season. “I’m working on it right now,” he admitted. “I’m trying to write it as quickly as possible.” In the same interview, he said the second season won’t arrive until “2018.” Considering that it’s 2021 and the pandemic has slowed down production worldwide, Knight was obviously a bit optimistic at this point.
Taboo’s return will likely depend on one factor: the availability of Tom Hardy. The actor recently starred in the blockbuster sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and while the film was produced before completion, it is still in post-production, which includes some reshoots, according to SlashFilm. It is still unclear when Hardy’s schedule will open. The film’s release date has also been pushed back from October 2, 2020, to June 25, 2021, and then to September 24, 2021. You can now watch the movie’s waffle-filled trailer.
In the meantime, Hardy has announced other film projects. In February 2021, he signed on with “The Raid” director Gareth Evans to work on the Netflix action thriller “Havoc,” and in November 2020, he was one of several names attached to the announced film adaptation of writer Tim O’Brien’s collection of Vietnamese short stories, “The Things They Carried.” The actor’s schedule is thus filled with projects that have nothing to do with Taboo.
Once Hardy and Knight are ready, FX is likely to get to work. In January 2020, the network’s president of entertainment Eric Schreyer said Deadline that they were interested in more Charles Dickens adaptations – the network unveiled its version of “A Christmas Carol” in 2019, which featured Hardy – and would like more episodes of “Taboo.” “Stephen is definitely on board, and we have a great idea for a second season that’s partially written, but we just need an additional actor,” said FX president John Landgraf. “We’re in active negotiations.”
That sense of optimism extends across the ocean as well. “We’re delighted that people want to know what’s next and that the BBC and FX are ready for more adventures with Devil Delaney and the League of the Damned,” said executive producer Ridley Scott about the series renewal (The series is a U.K.-U.S. joint venture, with BBC One airing it in the U.K. and FX in the U.S.).
When Taboo Season 1 was aired?
The first season aired on Saturdays on BBC One and was moderately successful, so the second season will likely air on weekends. Executives are probably not too worried about the choice of day of the week, as the first season was the most successful on streaming: it was the third most-watched series on the BBC iPlayer app.
What will the cast of Taboo Season 2 be?
In November 2018, Tom Hardy officially announced his return for a second season.
“We are grateful and excited to continue our relationship with the BBC and FX and contribute to British drama,” the “Venom” star said in a statement. “Fantastic news.
Not surprisingly, Hardy was involved in the development of the series and created his character, James Delaney, to solve many of the problems in the game that he wanted to solve.
“To be honest, I wanted to play Bill Sykes, Sherlock Holmes, Hannibal Lecter, Heathcliff, Marlowe, all the classic characters in one,” he told Radio Times last year. It’s ambitious, and when you put them all together, obviously you get a bunch of grunts.”
What will be the plot?
Set in 1814 London, Taboo introduces James Delaney, a smuggler, and brawler, who returns to his native Britain after a 12-year sojourn in Africa. Frustrated that his wealthy father has left him nothing of value in his will, Delaney sets out to claim his inheritance. He encounters the East India Company, which tries to kill him for most of the season, but he finally escapes on a ship to America.
This tantalizing finale sets the stage for an exciting second season that Knight promises will be “explosive.” We know that we will ultimately follow Delaney and his crew to the “New World,” but we also know that their next destination is Ponta Delgada, located in the Azores, a remote Portuguese archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. What that location means for the series is not yet known, as Knight has kept quiet about the future. “There’s a great location for Taboo Season 2, but I don’t know if we’re in a position to talk about the actual details,” he told Entertainment Weekly in 2017.
Knight has previously described Taboo as a story about “losers and America,” so we know Delaney will end up in the United States; after all, his father owned land in North America. But it could be a while before the series reaches that destination. Knight has stated his intention to end the series after the third season, and has described the first season as a “flight,” the second as a “journey,” and the third as an “arrival,” meaning our characters might not see American shores until the final season.