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‘The Killing’ Director Signs on for Tom Hardy Event Series ‘Taboo’

Danish director Kristoffer Nyholm has signed on to direct the first half of “Taboo,” the eight-part event series that stars Tom Hardy as a 19th century Londoner who is struggling to build a shipping empire while also avenging his father’s death.

Nyholm is known for directing the original version of “The Killing” TV series as well as the popular Danish series “The Village.”

Hardy developed the story of “Taboo” with his father, Chips Hardy, and it’s the first project to come from their Hardy Son & Baker banner. Steven Knight (“Peaky Blinders”) wrote the series.

Sonar Entertainment is handling worldwide distribution. Ridley Scott and Kate Crowe are exec producing under their Scott Free shingle, Tom Hardy and Dean Baker are exec producing for Hardy Son & Baker and Gene Stein is exec producing for Sonar Entertainment. Knight is also exec producing, with Timothy Bricknell serving as producer. Chips Hardy is serving as consulting producer.

The series is set to air in 2016 on BBC in the U.K. and FX in the States.

Deadline first reported this news.

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