The language being spoken by Tom Hardy is Twi. It originates from the West African country of Ghana and a dialect of the Akan people. Twi is still widely spoken and arguably the most spoken native language in Ghana.
Second season was confirmed by Steven Knight, the creator of Peaky Blinders, a few days after the pilot. He claimed that he has a destination for this show like he has always had for Peaky Blinders too.
Tom Hardy stated he wanted James Delaney to be an amalgam of different classical characters, encompassing traits of Bill Sikes, Heathcliff, Sherlock Holmes, Hannibal Lecter, Oedipus, Marlow from Heart Of Darkness, Rodrigo Mendoza in The Mission (1986) and Don Lope de Aguirre in Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972). Hardy said: "I wanted James Delaney to be like a classical hero, a man of action, but someone who also has a depth of depravity to him and this great ability to say 'fuck off'."
Tom Hardy revealed that he wanted to film some scenes fully nude but was forced to put on a loin cloth, explaining, "You're lucky there was a loin cloth because I didn't want one. It's not a period drama until someone gets naked and covers themselves in blood. You can't have naughtiness like Game of Thrones on the BBC." Even so, Hardy did film some scenes with full frontal nudity and some of these filming pictures were leaked in the media but all such scenes were cut from the final edit of the show.
Jonathan Pryce's character is the head the East India Trading Company, whereas in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series his character is ordered to be killed by the head of the same company.
The plot device of a dispute over territory on the border between America and Canada is based on a real location. Nootka Sound does indeed sit to the west of Vancouver. At its northern tip is Port Hardy. It is named for Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, 1st Baronet and Flag Captain for Admiral Lord Nelson. He was captain of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar and the 'Hardy' made famous in Nelson's last words: 'Kiss me Hardy'. The series was co-created by star Tom Hardy and his father, 'Chips'
This will be the second Scott Free project that stars Tom Hardy. The first project is Child 44 (2015).
Oona Chaplin, Jonathan Pryce, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Mark Gatiss, Lucian Msamati, Tim Plester and Nicholas Blane all had roles on the HBO series, Game of Thrones (2011) as Talisa Meagyr (Chaplin), the High Sparrow (Pryce), Mace Tyrell (Ashton-Griffiths), Tycho Nestoris (Gatiss), Salladhor Saan (Msamati), Black Walder Rivers (Plester) and Spice-Qarth Council Member respectively.
Tom Hardy and Stephen Graham previously appeared in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011).They also both appeared in Band of Brothers (2001)
Reference to the United States as the "free fifteen" is anachronistic. The show is set in 1812-13; already by 1803 there were 17 states (the original 13, plus Vermont, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio)
Jonathan Pryce, Stephen Graham and Tom Hollander all appeared in many films of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.