Set in 1814, the FX/BBC One co-production follows James Keziah Delaney (played by Hardy), 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.
“He’s silent on the outside because inside, he’s got a very, very busy head, which is kind of terrifying for him in some aspects,” Hardy recently told Indie Wire at Pasadena’s Langham Huntington Hotel. He’s kind of figuring it out.” Hardy knows the character inside and out, but there are so many elements thrown into the mix — Hardy cites Bill Sikes from “Oliver Twist,” Marlow from Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” Hannibal Lecter, “an irascible kind of Duke” and “maybe even a werwolf!
” in his ever-growing description of James Delaney — it’s easy for him to spark to an idea he just had and shift the conversation down that path.
Is he insane and uncaring of his fate, or filled with belief from powers found in far away lands?