OUTLANDER MOVIE/CABLE TV SERIES NEWS

Photo: Courtesy of Starz

Photo: Courtesy of Starz

October 7th, 2013

ron moore twit pic

September 16th, 2013

Young Hamish has been cast! http://www.thewrap.com/starzs-outlander-finds-young-hamish-mackenzie-exclusive/

September 11th, 2013

Claire has been cast, her name is CAITRIONA BALFE! Post up soon!

September 10th, 2013

Murtagh has been cast, it’s Duncan Lacroix. I’ll have a post up soon. More casting news to come today per Herself!

September 5th, 2013

Dougal & Colum have been cast, read about it here: “Legends of Scottish Acting” to Portray Colum & Dougal, Brothers MacKenzie.

September 2nd, 2013

Lookie what I found on Diana Gabaldon’s Facebook wall, posted yesterday (9-1-13):

Hello Diana and Outlander Fans- My name is Terry Moore and I am the Costume Designer (along with Glenne Campbell) on the Outlander series.
Thrilled to talk to you. I have been a fan of the books since they came out and think I am up to my eighth reading. I listen to them while I draw or cook for the family. I am one of you. Even went to a book signing to hear Diana speak, many moons ago.

My husband is Ron Moore, and he will do the books proud. If he doesn’t, he lives with a die hard fan who will not feed him anymore…

That’s awesome LOL!

September 1st, 2013

More about Stephen Walters & his role as Angus Mhor: Angus Mhor Gets a Promotion (and a Reduction?).

August 29th, 2013

Angus Mhor & Mrs Fitz have been cast! Until I get a post up, check out this article on tvguide.com

August 8th, 2013

We have a Frank/Black Jack Randall! See this post for details: We Have a Frank AND a Black Jack Randall

July 23rd, 2013

“We’re at pains to really follow the [Outlander] books,” he [Ron Moore] says to assure concerned readers. “One of the great things was Starz said to us early on was, ‘We love the books, we think they are great so let’s make the [show] for the people who love the books. Let’s make it for the fans of the books first and trust that anyone who doesn’t know the material will get swept along in the story like everyone else does.’ Nobody ever says that,” Moore laughs. “Typically studios and networks just say, ‘Yeah, we don’t really care about the book. We bought it for the cover or whatever…’ and then dispense with it very early on [in the process]. This was the rare time when everybody said this is great material and we like the story and these characters so let’s try to get as close to the books as possible in the show and that’s what we are doing.” ~ Ron Moore, http://www.blastr.com/2013-7-23/we-caught-ron-moore-comic-con-talk-helix-and-outlander

‘Nuff said.

July 20th, 2013

We know the production location for the tv series in Scotland: Cumbernauld. Official start date: Sept 13, 2013.

The Herald reports today that a converted warehouse in Cumbernauld will be used for up to 38 weeks, between now and next year, in a production which will see 16 episodes of the US show produced.
An adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling series of seven books –which sold more than 20 million copies, the show Outlander tells the story of characters Clair and James Fraser, who use time travel to travel between the 18th and 20th century periods of Scotland.
The series will see 200 crew come to Scotland, with more than 2000 supporting artist roles cast from Scotland and the rest of the UK, as the show’s top executives prepare to visit the ‘Nauld.” ~ Cumbernauld-media.com

July 9th, 2013

It’s official! Sam Heughan will portray Jamie Fraser! Gahhhhhhhhhh! JAMMF in the flesh! See this post for details: It’s official: Sam Heughan IS Jamie Fraser!

July 6th, 2013

Check out my blog post about Jamie Fraser casting rumors: Sam Heughan: Jamie Fraser or What?

June 27th, 2013

On June 25th, nydailynews.com’s David Hinckley reported:

Starz is betting on geek chic.

The network known for over-the-top epics with lots of sex and violence has  ordered a 16-episode first season of “Outlander,” a time travel fantasy  adventure based on Diana  Gabaldon‘s best-selling series of books…

Also from the same article:

Starz CEO Chris Albrecht did promise “history, spirituality, love and honor, not  to mention plenty of time travel, sex and warfare.”

This just confirms for me that Starz is the perfect home for Outlander.

They got MOBY’s release date wrong, but if you want to read more of the article visit http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/starz-orders-time-travel-series-outlander-article-1.1382134

June 25th, 2013

So much activity in the Outlander Universe today!

First and foremost, STARZ officially announced on their website that Outlander is an original series currently in development:

STARZ and Sony Pictures Television are partnering to create Outlander, an original series adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling books. The seven-book series has sold more than 20 million copies and has graced the New York Times best-sellers list six times. The eighth installment of the “Outlander” series is slated to be released in the fall of 2013.
Outlander follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in to irreconcilable lives. The “Outlander” series spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure into one grandiose tale. ~ Starz.com

Second, Ron Moore said THIS on his facebook wall:

Exciting news today with the official announcement that Outlander is picked up for a 16 episode first season and I’m sure many of you are balancing your excitement with worry about how faithful we’ll be to the original material.  Let me tell you right from the start that we’re fans of the books and our first priority is to be as true to the characters and the story that Diana Gabaldon has given us as we can.  Put simply, our goal is to realize Outlander, not reinvent it.  More updates to come as we roll into preproduction — stay tuned. ~ Ron Moore

(Note the “Put simply our goal is to realize Outlander, not reinvent it” ?  That makes me verra, verra happy!)

Third, there is now an official facebook page for the tv series: https://www.facebook.com/OutlanderTVSeries.starz?fref=ts

June 24th, 2013

We have a casting agency!

“Gillian Reynolds Casting” is handling Outlander.

Located in Dublin, Ireland, Gillian Reynolds has been associated with *feature films such as “Count of Monte Cristo,” “Reign of Fire”and the Starz series “Camelot.”

Their facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gillian-Reynolds-Casting/410800502348357?fref=ts

Their website is: http://gillreynoldscasting.blogspot.ie/

An intern for the agency is blogging about her experiences there. She recently had this to say:

Yesterday we spent our entire time in a hotel conducting casting auditions. These auditions were pretty cool because they were for an American television series called Outlander. It is produced by Sony and will be run on Starz within the next year. Outlander is a tv series based out of Scotland, which you can see why they came to an Irish casting agency for actors. The coolest part was that the role that was being auditioned for was for one of the lead male roles who is supposed to be a dreamy dreamy guy, therefore, I got to see a lot of beautiful Irish actors throughout the day. ~ Maggie Hamilton, My time across “the pond” – summer 2013

Lucky lucky lucky girl!!!

As soon as I know more I’ll let you guys know!

* They did not handle casting for Braveheart as previously reported.

June 9th, 2013

It would appear the rest of the world is starting to take notice of our beloved Outlander. Check out this comment from the article “Scotland gets its own Game of Thrones,” published June 6th:

“The series has the potential to become Scotland’s answer to the hugely successful American fantasy series Game of Thrones, filmed on location in Northern Ireland.” ~ Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman

Have we Outlander fans not been saying that all along?

June 4th, 2013

Diana had this to say on her facebook wall today:

OK, a slight correction:  the production people tell me that the sixteen episodes are all for the _first_ season.  (And if all goes well with that…they then might get a second season.  This is kind of how television works, you know?)
Many thanks for your delight and enthusiasm!  I’m sure with support from you, the show will do just fine. <smile>
As for the “oh, they’ll RUIN it/oh,I can’t stand… to watch/oh, it’ll be cheap and cheesy/oh, they’re sure to mess up the characters/destroy the storyline, etc., etc., etc.”…comments, you guys are of course welcome to your opinions, too–but feel free to curb your enthusiasm at any time. <cough>
I am NOT writing this show.  I am not CASTING this show.  I do not have CONTROL over this show.  (I do have input, and the production people are very kind about asking my opinion on things.  This does not mean they have a legal obligation to take it. <wry g>)
You know why not?   Because I don’t want to.   I’m a novelist, not a screen-writer.  I’m a naturally solitary writer–I don’t even have research assistants; my books are mine alone.  Screen-writing, by contrast, is an intensely collaborative business.
Scripts go through dozens (literally) of iterations, being worked on by any number of people–then reworked by other people, over and over.  A new director (for a show or an episode) can insist on a new direction or changes; an influential actor can ask for changes.  Multiple writers means constant–and I do mean constant–collaboration.
I’m not a team player. (Ask anybody. <g>)  AND I have books to write.  Were I to be involved in a TV series beyond simple consulting, it would suck my soul, waste my life, prevent me ever writing another book, and be generally a Bad Idea.  I’m not doing it.
I would also probably not be good at it, whereas I have a good deal of faith in the very experienced and talented people who _are_ doing it.  I saw the pilot script and thought it was an amazingly good adaptation (by marked contrast to various film scripts I’ve seen over the years <shudder>).
So, you know….chill. <g>  Cross your fingers, hope for the best, and if you can’t stand to watch, wait and read the reviews, and if it looks OK, you can get the DVD. <g>

June 1st, 2013

SO- this morning during the breakfast conference at North American Publishing Expo NYC , Diana Gabaldon said Starz has officially signed on to make the Outlander series; she signed the contract last night! She said they’ve ordered 16 episodes, filming will take place in Scotland, is expected to begin sometime in September and she speculated it would be ready to air in April 2014! That’s less than a year!!!

I just found this:

I’ve learned that Starz has given a series order to Outlander, a drama based on Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling fantasy/romance/adventure series of books. I hear the project, from Battlestar Galactica developer Ron Moore and Sony Pictures TV, has received a 16-episode order, with production slated to begin in October in Scotland where the books are set. I hear Gabaldon let the news of the greenlight slip at Book Expo America 2013. The news comes a month after Outlander opened a writers room, with Moore hiring four scribes to work with him — Toni Graphia, Matt Roberts, Ira Behr and Anne Kenney. This marks Sony’s first series for Starz. ~ Nellie Andreeva, deadline.com

Now for the casting…

April 30th, 2013

Per deadline.com, four writers have been hired!

Joining Moore on Outlander are two writers who have worked with him before — Battlestar alumna Toni Graphia and Caprica‘s Matt Roberts — along with veteran showruner Ira Behr (Alphas, The 4400) and Anne Kenney (LA Law, Switched At Birth). ~ Nellie Andreeva/deadline.com

This is good news people! It indicates progress!

April 4th, 2013

In an interview with Startrek.com, Ron Moore mentioned the Outlander tv series for Starz:

 I’m developing a series called Outlander for Starz, which is based on a series of books by Diana Gabaldon. The idea would be to do a season a book, and she’s done seven or eight books at this point. It’s sort of a big adventure period piece with a romance at the heart of it. If all goes well, they’d also go straight to series and not do a pilot first. So, we’re hopeful. ~ Ron Moore

January 4th, 2013

A quick update from Herself (click here for the full posting- you may want to, it’s verra funny in places) on progress of the show:

i. It’s being _developed_.

ii. It’s not (yet) being _produced_.

iii. There is no casting call at present.

November 6th, 2012

Starz To Develop Series Version Of ‘Outlander’ Novels From Ron Moore & Sony!!!

Finally! Outlander has a home with a cable network! Remember the tv series based on the Ken Follet’s Pillars of the Earth? It was so well-done (not to mention it was actually my gateway book to Outlander/Historical Fiction)! Also, the show Spartacus is on Starz—what a great place for Outlander to land!!!

Dan Roth from blastr.com couldn’t have said it better:

Ron Moore makes a great choice considering how well he’s handled complex character drama in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Battlestar Galactica. That prowess for balancing high-concept universes with rich personal stories could very well make Outlander the next Game of Thrones.

Ron Moore’s thoughts on the subject, from his Facebook page today:

Very excited to land Outlander at Starz. Think they have the right sensibility and the creative outlook to make this a tremendous project. They love the books and the pitch and I think this is going to be a great experience and deliver a great show for fans, old and new.

I wonder how long it will take? And who will they cast for REAL? Gahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!

Source: outlanderfan.com via Jennifer on Pinterest

October 24th, 2012

In last night’s interview with Diana Gabaldon at the Trail of Fire launch (minute mark 42:45) she mentions there will be a press release from Sony about the cable tv series as early as next week! Stay tuned for more details!

I think it’s worth noting that Wednesday, July 18th 2012, Ron Moore posted this on his fb page:

“Big fan of Diana Gabaldon‘s Outlander books for many years, excited for the opportunity to do a FAITHFUL interpretation!”
 All signs so far do point to his faithfulness;  Reportedly Diana said on Compuserve, “Actually, Ron and his chief production assistant came out and spent a weekend (not an hour, not a day <g>) with me last month, discussing the books, the characters, various approaches, structural principles–i.e., where it might be best to break the content of a book for a season, an episode, etc.–the background from which I wrote the books, asked if I had any out-takes or background material written for any of the minor characters that might be useful, etc., etc. He’d read everything, including THE EXILE. <g>.”     
AND according to Outlandish Observations,  Diana said, “Well, IF it actually happens <g>, I’ll be a consultant and co-producer. No power, but they do talk to me.”
Outlander fans, I do believe we have a recipe for a faithful interpretation!

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Diana Gabaldon posted on facebook July 17th, 2012:

WELL, ALRIGHTY, THEN…
Yes! It _is_ true; while final contracts aren’t yet signed, we do have a deal with Sony Pictures for development of a cable-TV (as in HBO, Netflix, Starz, Showtime, whatever…that kind of thing) series.
Personally I am THRILLED that it will be made into a cable tv-series (can you say ‘Game of Thrones’?) vs. a movie!   Much more justice can be done to our beloved characters!!!
Here are some links that detail the announcement:
It’s a momentous day Outlander Fans!!!

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Here’s what Diana Gabaldon herself said on her Facebook page on February 17th, 2012:

“Ooookay.  We seem to have a little confusion here.   Let me try to straighten things out a bit: 1.  NO, there isn’t a movie. 2.  YES, there is an option.  A production company called Essential Entertainment has the option on the OUTLANDER series, and are working on the possibilites of _either_ a feature film or a mini-series.  And that’s absolutely all I know about it. … 3.  I don’t have One Thing to say about the casting of a movie.  The production people are very polite about asking my opinion now and then, but they’re under no legal obligation to take it. 4.  Many (manymanymany) nice fans have exercised their creativity by making “casting videos”, which they put up on YouTube.  There are hundreds of these, ranging from the sublime to the absurd.  THESE ARE NOT MOVIE TRAILERS (and I am rather surprised that so many people can’t tell that.   Have you _ever_ seen a movie trailer that didn’t have the name of the production company, release information, and an info website on it?).   I have a YouTube Channel, on which we collect quite a number of these (as well as video interviews with self): http://www.youtube.com/user/voyagesoftheartemis   (This can also be accessed from my website – www.DianaGabaldon.com – click on “VIDEOS”.) 5.  YES, there is a musical.  Go to www.outlanderthemusical.com for information, a free download, and to hear snippets of all songs. All clear?  Good.”

And on her Facebook page Sept 24th, 2011:

“So EVERYBODY (maybe a few _more_ than everybody) asks me “So what about a MOOOOOVIE?!?!” Well, here’s how it stands: The books have been optioned by Essential Entertainment, and they (EE) tell me that they’re pursuing development of both a feature film and a mini-series, and will see which of those projects looks most promising. They’ve hired Anne Peacock to write the script for the feature film, the script has been completed, and…that’s about all I know…”

DG basically said on her website “don’t hold your breath,” but a fan can dream, aye?

I’ve included some links (in chronological order) to what else is floating out there in the ether (most websites list the exact same info as the sites I’ve linked for you below):

As of  Jan 30th, 2012:   http://www.dianagabaldon.com/other-projects/movies-mini-series-and-musicals/

Sept 30th, 2010:  http://www.firstshowing.net/2010/katherine-heigl-considering-starring-in-gabaldons-outlander/

Oct 30th, 2008:   http://www.firstshowing.net/2008/diana-gabaldons-outlander-headed-to-the-big-screen/

113 Comments

  1. Jeanette said,

    February 14, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    One can always dream!

    • outlanderfan said,

      February 15, 2012 at 6:44 am

      What’s taking the studio(s) so long? They must not realize how many loyal Outlander fans would watch it/pay to see it, what a cash cow they have in their hands…

  2. Angela Wacker said,

    July 17, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    When the option expires I hope Diana will sign with someone who actually can complete a movie project, maybe summit entertainment?

    • OutlanderFan said,

      July 17, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      Angela- did you hear the news yet? Diana just announced today:
      “WELL, ALRIGHTY, THEN…
      Yes! It _is_ true; while final contracts aren’t yet signed, we do have a deal with Sony Pictures for development of a cable-TV (as in HBO, Netflix, Starz, Showtime, whatever…that kind of thing) series.”

  3. Jerry Tompkins said,

    July 18, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I’ll subscribe to HBO or whatever when the mini-series comes to pass. Congratulations Diana!

  4. Anonymous said,

    July 21, 2012 at 1:54 am

    I’m a very big Diana Gabaldon fan read series 3xs over a few yrs. I’m so happy there is going to be a mini series instead of a movie it will do the mini justice. Hope Mr. Moore will do a good job as he is a si-fi guy. As long a they keep consulting Diana it will be really good. All the best Mrs. Gabaldon and congratulations can’t wait.

  5. rhianne said,

    July 22, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Jamie Fraser!! Please! See this link: http://www.facebook.com/OliverMansourJacksonCohen

    • OutlanderFan said,

      July 22, 2012 at 7:50 am

      He’s handsome, I’ll give you that…

    • vanessa said,

      October 29, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      no way – he’s not big enough, not red enough, not handsome enough, not strong enough, not scottish enough.

  6. RJ said,

    July 24, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Chris Hemsworth would be the perfect Jamie hands down. Shame he’s just a movie actor, but a gal can always dream, eh? Beyond stoked this is being made into a mini series. I’ll be waiting around like a hawk for further info. :)

    • OutlanderFan said,

      July 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Yes RJ, we can dream! I am trying to keep an open mind about the casting; it’s possible that heretofore unknowns may be chosen anyway (or Ron Moore may favor some of his Battlestar Galactica cast?). I’m just so happy it’s being made into a miniseries vs. feature film that I’m willing to surrender to whoever is cast as Jamie (within reason, lol)…

    • Jo-ann said,

      September 17, 2012 at 12:45 am

      You can’t cast Chris Hemsworth. He’s cute but he’s an Aussie, I don’t if he could do Scottish well. And he’s a blond!

    • Barbara said,

      April 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Chris Hemsworth would be awesome!! Hes big, handsome, i can most definitely see him with red hair and hes got the accent down! He would be the best Jamie ever! And i think Dougal should be played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan!

  7. Ginger said,

    August 4, 2012 at 12:14 am

    I’m a huge fan of these books and can’t wait to see them on film. I never thought I would get addicted to a series of books but I’ve reas the whole series 3 times!

  8. Brent said,

    August 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    YAAAAYYYYY……….finally a series for the fans. My vote is for JAMIE is Gerald Butler and Rachal Weitz as Claire. OMG I hope this is a go and not another waiting game

    • vanessa said,

      October 29, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      both those suggestions are bunk – they’re too old

      • Black Pearl Girl said,

        November 19, 2012 at 12:20 am

        Too True!

  9. OutlanderFan said,

    August 9, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Me too Brent- I have faith in Ron Moore though!

  10. Andrea said,

    August 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    My vote is for Chris Hemsworth (even before I knew who he was, he was what I imagined as Jamie) to play Jamie and I agree with Rachel Weitz for Claire. I have loved listening to the audio books after having read the series a few times. I can only imagine how great a series would be.

    • Jen said,

      November 14, 2012 at 3:28 am

      Great choice, many actors come back to the small screen if the deal is sweet. Perhaps he will as well. It would be wonderful with him as Jamie.

      • OutlanderFan said,

        November 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm

        You mean chris Hemsworth? Don’t get my hopes up Jen! (Our only hope is that maybe his wife is an Outlander fan & wants him to play Jamie, lol)

  11. OutlanderFan said,

    August 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I like Chris Hemsworth too, Andrea- though he’s moved on from the small screen (did you know he used to be on a daytime soap in his native Australia?) to the big screen, lol.

  12. Anonymous said,

    October 8, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Gerard Butler for Jamie for sure. Anyone else is NOT Jamie!
    Patricia, South Carolina

    • Brent said,

      October 8, 2012 at 11:29 am

      You bet Patricia………and….Rachel Weitz as Claire is the best fit I believe. What do u think?

    • OutlanderFan said,

      October 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      He’s verra handsome and a native Scot but don’t you think he’s too old to play a 23yr old Jamie? I think it’s easier to start out with someone young and age them, rather than the reverse…

    • Jen said,

      November 14, 2012 at 3:26 am

      Too old now. But would make a great Dougal.

  13. Deborah said,

    October 24, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Kate Beckinsale would be the perfect Claire…

    • OutlanderFan said,

      October 24, 2012 at 11:37 am

      I like her, Rachel Weisz, Kate Winslet…

    • vanessa said,

      October 29, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      too old, beautiful but her features too hard and she’s been in a ton of crap films.

      • vanessa said,

        October 29, 2012 at 5:01 pm

        how about max irons as jamie? if he buffed himself up a bit, he’s got the height, the amazing looks, the age appropriate face that can grow older with the series (if it’s good, it can go on for a looong time), and a fine scottish nose (if such a thing exists!). check him out!

      • OutlanderFan said,

        November 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm

        Max Irons is cute, but I feel like his features are too small; Jamie is tall, broad, powerful…

    • Roxie said,

      April 1, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      She would have been 10 years ago. I always pictured her and Hug Jackman as Claire and Jaime, but it has taken to long to bring this fabulous book to film.

  14. November 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    AWESOME!!!!!

  15. Jen said,

    November 14, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Would have much rather have seen it as a feature film, garner much more attention that way, This way, if the people don’t or cannot acquire the PAY station, it will not be seen.

    • OutlanderFan said,

      November 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      Call me crazy, but I’ll take thirteen hours of Jamie vs. two… :)

      • Anonymous said,

        November 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm

        Amen to that!

  16. Anonymous said,

    November 14, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Good point – but I’ll bet that if you ask around, there’s someone you know that has Starz…someone you wouldn’t mind hangin’ out with for an hour, or who might just let you borrow their tv. For me, it’s my mom, and this gives me (another) reason to hang out with her: to watch her tv!:)

    • OutlanderFan said,

      November 17, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Plus, theoretically it would eventually be available for purchase/rental on DVD, or perhaps Netflix, etc…

  17. JerryT said,

    November 14, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I’m planning on subscribing to Starz. I wouldn’t miss the series for anything.

  18. November 16, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Karen Gillan (Dr Who) to play Brianna, She’s Scottish, natural red hair and from the Highlands so has the perfect accent. Please no Aussie, English or American actors to play Jamie, Their ‘Scots’ accent tend to be Glaswegian (listen to Billy Connoly!) and not the softer, rounded vowels of an Islander or Highlander. Gerald Butler please!!!!!

    • Jen said,

      November 16, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      As much as I love Gerard Butler, he is too old for the part. I love Chris Hemsworth for Jamie, he did a decent Scot’s accent for the film, and he can work on it :)

    • OutlanderFan said,

      November 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Much as I love Gerry Butler, I don’t think he could pull off being a 23yr old. Perhaps an older Jamie, ala Voyager?

  19. Anonymous said,

    November 16, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Wish people would stop going on about Mr. Butler – yes, he’s gorgeous, and if this book had been put into a film or a series 15-20 years ago, then he would have been perfect. As of now, he’s way to old for the part. My vote, if he buffs himself up, is Max Irons. Fingers crossed he can act. As for Claire, perhaps that girl from the Harry Potter series – but she’s awfully exposed. Really think a quality unknown is the way to go. Gerard Butler would be great for Dougal MacKenzie.

    • OutlanderFan said,

      November 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      I NEVER considered Emma Watson for Claire; you’ve got me thinking…

  20. Jen said,

    November 17, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Dougal would be perfect for Mr. Butler now :)

  21. Jen said,

    November 17, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Max Irons, cute. But looks like a child, I know he is not, but he looks like one.

  22. Brent said,

    November 17, 2012 at 2:34 am

    I agree with Pamela…..

    In my mind, Gerard Butler is Jamie, it is a role made for him.
    Age is not an issue as so many have pointed out, Realistically makeup artists can put him at any age. The book series range his age from young man to middle age adult. Ahhhh…….. the magic of Hollywood.
    Gerard is a standout not only for the accent (he has it perfect). I believe his attitude, stage presence and charisma will truly capture the spirit of Jamie Fraser.

    • OutlanderFan said,

      November 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      I can definitely see him as middle-aged Jamie. 23yr old Jamie? Not so much. :/

  23. Jeanie said,

    November 21, 2012 at 4:45 am

    What about Philip Winchester? I think he would do great. Red, big, and so forth.

  24. Anonymous said,

    November 21, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Yes, he’s very handsome, but a tad old for the part, and not at Scot. He could work if he could do a convincing accent and they can make him look younger. I’m really hoping for someone new. There must be a big, burley, handsome young Scot, with piercing blue eyes and a royal arch to his nose out there that can act! Come on! In the whole country – there must be! (Also, and don’t mean to belabor the point, but Winchester is an awfully English name – yuck.)

  25. Anonymous said,

    December 23, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I hope they won’t forget Jamie Frasier is a really tall guy…

  26. wisp said,

    December 26, 2012 at 3:34 am

    I am thrilled Outlander will be on cable (Starz).
    (I’m already drooling for the fall “Outlander” premier)!

    What concerns me…are “fan” comments… (regarding who should or shouldn’t be cast).

    When the Sopranos were “cast”, not many people knew the names: James Gandolfini, (Tony Soprano), Edie Falco (Carmela Soprano), Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisaniti), Aida Turturro (Janice Soprano) etc. etc. etc. etc.
    I doubt Soprano fans can even imagine other actors in those roles.

    My point being…. Keep an open mind about “unknowns” being cast.
    Yes, I also want all the actors to strongly resemble the characters in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Novel. But you may be setting yourself up for disappointment when you become too rigid in your opinions.

    I think it would be a mistake to cast “well known” actors.
    Because, one generally already has opinions or impressions regarding “established” actor(s).
    So, place your hopes and wishes on “casting” making a perfect “fit” rather than an “established actor” fit.

    Most important, Pray that the screen-writer(s) does justice to this spectacular Outlander Series. (interpretation along with great acting) will make or break a series.

    That said, it is fun to speculate… have fun.

    • Jen said,

      January 10, 2013 at 11:55 am

      Well, if it isn’t anyone I would want to see in the role, or roles I will not even bother with any of it. Period.

    • CADeh said,

      February 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      Well said wisp. I completely agree.
      As much as I would watch Gerry Butler any day, all day I wouldn’t want him in the role of Jamie. I hope they find an unknown Scottish actor that can look the part and become Jamie :)

    • Anonymous said,

      March 19, 2013 at 6:35 am

      Hear hear. I think I would be disappointed if any Hollywood stars were cast. I feel like it just wouldn’t do the characters justice. It my mind when I think of Jamie, I do not imagine Gerard butler or any other star. I would prefer an unknown.

  27. Steph said,

    March 23, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Kevin Mckidd for Jamie. Scot, Red, and oh so dreamy.

  28. vanessa said,

    March 23, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Totally agree he’s beautiful – but he’s too old and he’ll probably be a grandpa by the time this series gets underway.

    • OutlanderFan said,

      March 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      Maybe he could play Jamie if the series ever makes it to book 7 or 8, lol?

  29. Losgan said,

    March 24, 2013 at 3:22 am

    Yes, he is a beautiful man, but is too old for the part now. As is Butler as well, although I can see Gerard playing Dougal, Jamies Uncle.

  30. Losgan said,

    March 24, 2013 at 3:25 am

    Would hate to see a complete unknown get this part, I want someone I know can act, not just stand there and look good. And if they cast a child, it will be a waste of good story. Jamie was young, yes, however he was described as looking older due to his circumstances.

  31. Mary McCulllough said,

    July 22, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I love that there will be a move but when will the next book come out? I have been waiting and waiting to find out what happened to that little boy in the tunnel and all those other characters that went zapping off on a quest of some kind. Please finish that book first!!. Then I will be overjoyed to watch all the movies!!! Your work is incredible.

  32. CitizenZero said,

    August 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    The address for the studio that they are going to be filming Outlander is 40-42 Tollpark Road, Wardpark East, Cumbernauld, G68 0LW, Scotland, it is a warehouse owned by Thomas Pettie Steel Fabricators that is being leased from them by Starz, you can view it on Google Maps but the view they have is wrong, you have to wander round to the other side of Tollpark Road to actually see the warehouse which shows the Thomas Pettie name on the front.

  33. Kathleen Pfeifle said,

    September 27, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Cant wait, but they will NEVER be able to find anyone as beautiful as my boyfriend Jamie Fraser!!!

  34. Eileen Ehrmann said,

    September 30, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Love the post about Terri Moore . .. How cool is that?

  35. Anonymous said,

    December 12, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    If there is a grown Fergus cast I nominate Jamie Campbell Bower!!

  36. Anonymous said,

    February 1, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    will i have to subscribe to Starz to see this?

  37. Vanessa said,

    February 1, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    er…it’s a premium channel, so yes. you can always wait a year, perhaps more, for it to move over to the “included” channels….no way am i waiting:)

  38. May 11, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Good way of telling, and good paragraph to obtain information on the topic of my presentation focus, which i am going to convey in academy.

  39. Diane said,

    July 31, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I’m sooooo disappointed..paying a fortune for cable as it is..REFUSE to increase my bill by adding Starz! Will look forward to this series when it moves to HBO or other chanel. Have read ALL the books..seriously looking forward to this series!!

  40. B. Lodermeier said,

    August 2, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Just got through watching “Outlander” on the Starz channel “freebie” (they always let you watch the first episode free, if you don’t have the Starz channel, so as to hook you). My cable bill is already so high. I watch it on bittorent, links people post and share. But I am hooked on this show and it is as good as the book and faithful too, so far. I am gonna love this series!

  41. Nicky Draves said,

    August 16, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Movie series on Starz is too dark to see what is happening. Ruins the entire film. Hope it gets better

  42. Darleen said,

    August 26, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Are you going to do all the books or just outlander? I hate to get interested, and have the rug pulled out from under me?

    • OutlanderFan said,

      September 1, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      As of right now a second season has already been ordered, and season 2 will cover Dragonfly in Amber (the 2nd book in the series). Hopefully it will continue to get renewed, with each season covering the next book a la Game of Thrones…

    • OutlanderFan said,

      September 7, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      The second season has already approved, and as long as it keeps getting renewed, the show will follow one book per season…

  43. Emily Kettner said,

    September 1, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I was really pushing for GB to have a part in Outlander, but now realize that he is so recognizable and would just blow away all the other actors. Good choice, to keep the cast more local to the UK

  44. Darleen said,

    September 1, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Thanks for letting me know about the series. I am quite a fan.

  45. Becky Byre said,

    September 9, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I am a brand new fan and loving it! After the first episode on Starz I ordered book one and hope to be able to find them all. I’m so happy to now be in the Outlander Community.

    • OutlanderFan said,

      September 9, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Welcome to the Outlander Universe Becky! I am so jealous that you get to experience Jamie & Claire from the very beginning (in the books!)

  46. Magnavision said,

    September 15, 2014 at 3:44 am

    I am/was hoping that this show would live up to its hype. A mix of Game of Thrones and Dr. Who. I watched 4 episodes and came to the conclusion that this centers around a mixed up chick that can’t see the bigger picture.

    Doesn’t she realize she went through time? How about contemplating what that means instead of thinking about some dead guy on a horse that probably has lice. Yes, dead guy, because in the future all of these people are dead. If they are alive, then perhaps she can change the future, thus killing everyone in the future, including her man Frank. But wait, isn’t Frank the whole reason she wants to get back to the future? What happens if Randall rapes her and she is then married to her great, great, great, grandson after all? What if she accelerates knowledge and technology by letting someone like David Hume know about advanced medicine and inadvertently wipes out all of human history from the 1700’s on? What about the druids that seem to control the stones and time travel, are they some secret society that is shaping the future? Forget the monumental discovery of time travel, screwing Frank or Jamie is the question that she struggles with. What a dumb broad and comical character. I don’t think this makes women look very smart at all. This show should be on lifetime.

  47. OutlanderFan said,

    September 15, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Magnavision, she’s a victim. Essentially kidnapped back in time. She doesn’t want to unlock mysteries of the universe, she just wants to get the back home. For that matter if anyone knew who she really was/where she came from, she’d be taken for a witch & burned at the stake.

    She’s doing what she has to do to survive, period. What would you have her do differently?

    • Magnavision said,

      September 16, 2014 at 5:40 am

      Of course, I have to accept the shows (or books) universe and rules. In England, atheists could openly conduct themselves, especially in Scotland, such as with David Hume and his associates, all were Scots. David Hume lived in the very period that this story is set and was a well known Scottish academic (and heretic for being atheist). He is credited with laying the foundation for much of modern philosophy. So, some of the story about burning at the stake for witches is kinda… so so… maybe for some but not the society in general. The last official witch burned was in 1727 in Scotland. But… if the writer makes witch burning acceptable in her universe, then so be it. That is what makes a show or book good, the departure from reality.

      I gave the show a fair chance, maybe I’m just a dude and cannot get into it because the main character is so unrealistic. Still, falling for a guy that is dead in the past, getting all wrapped up in the affairs of people that she has no connection with is just unbelievable. This is double true when she is physically close, just a few days journey to getting back to the stones.

      She could write a letter to the above mentioned David Hume, who, I have no doubt that she knows about from her history, especially being from England. She already laid the foundation for using a sedative against her “captors” which could easily be substituted for a poison.

      Right off the bat, she should have tooled David Hume and said that she was going to visit him, the Scots would surely have some interest in taking her to him, even if they did not see him as a reputable God fearing Scotsman. He was also involved with trying to over throw the King, so it would all line up with Dougal and the other Laird guys plan (sorry I’m not so into that I can remember the names). There is NO WAY those guys would not know who (Hume and friends) was wanting to overthrow the King and there is NO WAY Claire would not have known this because she is already tagged as the history nerd. In fact there was a whole bunch of truly awesome Scottish intellectuals that she could have invoked the names of to get access to them. It was just a few miles away in Edinburgh at the University (again, not a place for witch burning = unrealistic). Anyone of them would have wanted to conduct and experiment to see if she actually could go forward in time. She would have not problem impressing them with enough proof via modern medical knowledge which she waves about when the notion suits her; witch burning or not.

      Even during that initial really long ride, she should have been coming up with a plan, not getting hot for Jamie. Even the minimal thought I put into a plan is better than hers and she had days to think of something. She is presented as bright, able, quick thinking, and a feminist. If anything would get her killed, it isn’t witch craft, it is talking back to the men of that time in a dis-respectful manner. That would be her greatest risk, but it appears to be her greatest draw for the fan base that likes her = unrealistic. That kind of attitude from a woman still won’t fly in the Middle East, so why does anyone think it would have worked back then? = unrealistic character.

      It seems she can have it both ways, all the good attributes, but still the damsel in distress = not realistic.

      But hey, I said the same stuff about John Carter goes to Mars; stupid guy can travel to Mars but instead used the tech just to run off with some Martian chick instead of starting DARPA with the US Army (of which he was a member). Maybe him and Claire should get together.

      PS: I’m only expressing my disappointment over all the hype about this being all Dr Who + Game of Thrones with the time traveling chick that meets a Scottish outlaw. I got hoodwinked into watching and hoping for a good show when it’s a chick flick romance novel made into a show. BTW, Jamie is also a lame outlaw, he is more like one of the good guys/reluctant hero.

      Hell, I’ll probably watch it all anyway once it buffers up a few episodes – maybe I’ll end up liking it. If you read all this, wow, more power to you.

      • OutlanderFan said,

        September 16, 2014 at 9:42 am

        Magnavision, I did read all of it, lol.

        For the record, Claire’s husband was the History nerd, not her. I myself am not familiar with David Hume but you make a good argument for him…

        I’d still urge you to give the show a chance; have you seen episode 6, “The Garrison Commander” yet? I’m really interested in your feedback.

  48. Emily Kettner said,

    September 16, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I agree. and the show moves so slowly, my husband who dutifully watches is with me always comments “another episode about nothing”.Although we were both impressed with Menzies performance in episode 6. But, it’s a chick flick, taking it’s story from a fictional romance novel. I love anything involving time-travel. So, I just roll with it. I don’t look for any real intellectual feedback “Like the Universe” and Through the Wormhole”

  49. Vanessa said,

    September 16, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Dear Magnavision,
    Read all you had to say and had a good chuckle….but come on! As a book, its category is historical fiction/romance. Ms. Gabaldon does include quite a lot of accurate history in her volumes, and, yes, the fiction writer in her does take fictional liberties. But isn’t that why we read fiction – for the fantasy the writer weaves?! If you sit back and say, “baah…aargh, that’s not true…that’s never happen!” or “that dude is totally unrealistic because blablabla”, then perhaps you are right, the series isn’t for you. Also, perhaps you are not being honest with yourself? You said you thought this was going to be some sort of Dr Who/Game of Thrones thing (both of which are total fantasy), but were disappointed when it was less than realistic. Do you slam your fist in frustration when the Tardis is referred to as having a soul? No, of course not, it’s fantasy. Perhaps you are a tad confused….do you want it both ways: a fantasy fiction ala Who and Thrones with historically accurate and realistic characters? Come on. If you don’t like the series because the acting is poor or the action is slow or there’s too much Gaelic (which I happen to think there is) or Jamie’s smile is a bit too cheesy, then fair enough. But don’t knock it because it’s less than “realistic” or the characters don’t behave, pursuant to your expectation, in a way that a real person might. That’s just setting yourself up for disappointment. You really must chill and learn to enjoy/get lost in/loose yourself to things for what they are, in this case, not a chick flick or a dude flick, but wonderful love story, with fictional liberties and characters that are not black and white, but, like all of us, interesting in their complexities.

  50. Emily Kettner said,

    September 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I believe that I directed my comment to the wrong person. I meant it for Magnavision’s comment.

  51. Emily Kettner said,

    September 16, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Let’s go back to Magnavsion: I agree, and the show moves so slowly, my husband who dutifully watches it with me always comments “another episode about nothing” but that’s a left brain intellectual guy’s thinking. But we were both impressed with Menzie’s acting in Episode 6 and I realized that Claire wanted so much for him to be like her husband that she believed him. (My husband missed this, too subtle) But, I don’t watch it for any real intellectual info like “the Universe” or “Through the Wormhole.” I realize that it’s historical in nature, with romantic intentions. So I just roll with it. And being of Scottish descent, I love the country side, and especially love the very beginning with the “Druid women” dancing and swirling around the stones,etc. Which leads me to a question, how do I enter the code words at the end of each episode?

  52. Emily Kettner said,

    September 16, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Do you know how to enter the code words at the end of each episode?

  53. Emily Kettner said,

    September 16, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Thanks. I’ll try that

  54. Magnavision said,

    September 18, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Vanessa and Emily,

    I like the point of view being so opposite that women seem to take with this show from men. This is the most interesting part of a show like this and it makes me wonder about gender roles and socialization verses innate feelings and views.

    About the show and expectations. I get your point, but I think you kinda missed mine. Yes, I previously conceded and agree that you accept the writers universe and rules no matter how weird because that is the point about fantasy, you can leave your reality via a story for a new experience. If, however, that universe is populated with characters that do things for unexplainable reasons or bad reasons then it leaves me scratching my head and wondering about the motivation behind those actions. This may be one of those areas where women feel that Claire is great character with realistic motivations whereas a man (such as myself) sees Claire as being a character with odd reactions and questionable motivations. I caught myself thinking many times, “that is so what a chick would do” meaning she did something stupid.

    The Dr. Who part only made me want to watch a show about a smart character that actually traveled back and forth through time. I don’t actually like Dr. Who and never said I did, I only like the concept. With regard to a show like Game of Thrones, the characters have fairly good motivations and actions that match there goals in the show. The dwarf is a good example. They are consistent for the most part to their surrounding in the context of the GoT universe. Unfortunately, winter never seems to come, so I’m getting tired of the show.

    Claire, however, is brave and bold but hides under Jamie’s kilt; she is hesitant to show off 20th century medicine but then defies the priest and heals a boy; in her “voice overs” she references history then fails to capitalize on the actual history; she can manipulate people in all kinds of situations but cannot get them to simply take her back to the stones (which is clearly well within her capabilities but she consistently fails). Basically, it looks like a character that has all the admirable traits but cannot do some of the most basic simple things when it comes to making choices and choosing thought over emotion. Claire seems to be thinking with something other than her head and the obvious facts all around her. But…I get it. Romance novels need a ditzy woman to do emotional things or there is no story. It’s kind of hard for a white knight to rescue a woman that is smart, independent, brave, bold, with leadership characteristics, unless that woman is Claire who also so clearly needs a man while doing dumb things (ala it makes no sense).

    As I said before, I’ll probably end up watching all the shows, but mostly because nothing else is on TV. Maybe it’s because the show is so slow and tries to act smart with all the introspective voice overs but instead comes off as more rationalizing or explaining the absurdly poor judgment and choices made by Claire. I actually yelled at my TV, “Come on, what the hell, that doesn’t even make sense!” as my wife yelled back, “Shut up, I want to see what she says to Jamie.”

    If somebody knows what happens, please tell me she quickly gets back to the stones, goes to the future, does some research, goes back in time, makes a bio or chemical weapon to kill her enemies captures the royal crown jewels, buys some land, gold, stocks, and goes back to the future to be a billionaire time traveling goddess. Now we have a show.

    Since I’m stuck watching this show with my wife…I pray this isn’t the case but be honest and tell me if… it’s all about managing her relationships and finding true live, being true to herself, understanding that time travel was just meant to make her blossom as a woman while understanding the torrent of emotions that run through her mind piercing her heart so thoroughly that she must abandon her love for Frank while simultaneously embracing what she knew at first sight; that she loved Jamie even before she was born and long after he died as they were destined to be together, bound by time (I nearly gagged writing that).

  55. Vanessa said,

    September 19, 2014 at 2:28 am

    Oh Lordy, an individual that wants everything nice and tidy and served with a comfortable, predictable spoon. Haha. People, like the characters in the series, are complex. They can be smart, but do stupid things, those “why wouldn’t you do this or why would you say that?” sort of things. The series just isn’t for you – maybe you just don’t like the acting or the premise or whatever – that’s cool. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the reasons you’ve provided thus far all seem to be grounded in a rather cynical disapproval for anything that might have a whiff of romance to it. Your poor wife. I wouldn’t allow you to watch with me – you sound so jaded and, well, disapproving!!
    As for an answer to your last paragraph/question, no. It’s way more interesting than the simplified nutshell of a plot line you’ve presented. Stick with it, you might surprise yourself. :)

    • Emily Kettner said,

      September 19, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      To Magnavision: At least it brought some passion in you, ie. yelling at the tv. Kinda’ reminds me of the French people’s reaction to the Impressionists. They actually tore the “new art” off the walls. But, I think that’s it’s good in this age of technology (people have become less and less personable) that someone still has the ability to react to something he/she likes or dislikes. Remember, it’s a romantic historical series. Romance many times disconnects one from rational thought or action. It’s a right-brain response.

  56. Emily Kettner said,

    September 19, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Another thing, Magnavision, If you really hate the show, but watch it simply because there’s nothing else on tv, how about reading a book? My husband works on his iPad during the show. He also says “another episode about nothing”. But doesn’t become so involved that he actually yells at the tv. Actually, I would love for him to become so interested, that he would yell at the characters. He’s so-o-o-o left brained and being a radiologist, is very intelligent.

  57. Magnavision said,

    September 19, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Ladies,

    Sometimes you gotta do things with your spouse, like watching a torturous TV show. If I just did my own thing all of the time, she would make my life hell. So, a TV drama is the lesser of two evils. She doesn’t let me get too carried away with dissing the show. She will vehemently defend Claire even though I can’t see how she is in the mood for romance when going home to a hot bath and her own bed is just waiting for her. An what does she envision Frank doing?

    I was gone for a year and a half in Afghanistan and I never thought about much else but getting back home. You look forward to that day and count every single day you are gone. For me, there could only be one mission, getting back to my wife – forget Jamiette (you know, a female Jamie).

  58. Emily Kettner said,

    September 20, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    So, Magnavision, you are a bit of a romantic. You can understand why Claire is trying so desperately trying to get back home, to Frank. Love doesn’t always make “sense” and messes with your logic, confusing you, and you find yourself making a lot of mistakes, and, as Claire, she does and says a lot of nonsensical things. She’s an “outlander” in a different time, just trying to figure things out as she goes. In her situation, I really don’t believe that she can possibly think of Frank as anything but the loving husband from which she was taken: just too much with which she must deal, like survival, as I’m sure can identify with being a vet. And in the book, she doesn’t even know how to protect herself and must be taught to use a small dirk. She’s seen men killed from afar with mortar shells, but never up close, with a single bullet directly into another man.
    Jamie represents safety for her and a drowning person would grab on to anything to stay alive. But getting back to Frank, is her only mission.

  59. Beth Patrick said,

    October 21, 2014 at 3:52 am

    All I want to say is…..read the book for the answers. ;)

  60. helenlight said,

    November 20, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    where can i buy the set of dvd’s i have read all the books a set of films is magic i cant wait


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