Saturday, January 4, 2014

FIRST IMAGES FROM STARZ' NEW EPIC FANTASY ADVENTURE TV SERIES 'OUTLANDER' WITH SAM HEUGHAN, CAITRIONA BALFE, GRAHAM MCTAVISH, TOBIAS MENZIES! SPOTLIGHT ON THE CHARACTERS!

OUTLANDER
STARZ' NEW FANTASY ADVENTURE
First pictures have been released for Starz' new fantasy series OUTLANDER which is coming to the small screens later this year (most probably in spring). Based on the popular fantasy novels by Diana Gabaldon sold in more than 20 million copies, this 16 episode show, set in the  17th century, will be produced by BATTLESTAR GALACTICA's Ronald Moore. Today we spotlight the story and the characters.

THE STORY OF OUTLANDER
THE CHOICE OF HEART
Spanning the genres of romance, science fiction history and adventure into one epic tale, 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 Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

CAITRIONA BALFE
IS CLAIRE RANDALL
Gorgeous Irish top model Caitriona Balfe (NOW YOU SEE ME) will head the cast in the 16 episode series based on Diana Gabaldon's bestselling novels. She will play the protagonist Claire Randall, a nurse who will have to tackle both time travel and love dilemmas.

SAM HEUGHAN
IS JAMIE FRASER
Taking the male lead in the show is Scottish actor Sam Heughan who plays Jamie Fraser  a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior who falls in love with Claire. Armed with sheer grit and enduring strength, Fraser is a young Scottish clan lord with a complicated past and a disarming sense of humor. He's also intelligent, principled and, by 18th-century standards, educated and worldly, with tenderness and compassion that stand out in contrast to his contemporaries. A natural leader of men, he has no political ambitions or desire for battlefield glory. Instead, he wishes to remove the price on his head and return to his family’s ancestral farm.

TOBIAS MENZIES
IS DOUBLE RANDALL
Meanwhile, ROME and GAME OF THRONES star Tobias Menzies will play the dual role of Frank Randall and Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall! Frank is Claire's 20th century husband and a professional historian with a particular interest in the 18th century and his own genealogy. Frank and Claire are reunited in 1945 after being separated by the war and rekindle their relationship when Claire disappears. Jonathan Black Jack is Frank's dark and violent ancestor from the 18th century and a captain in the English Army posted into Scotland during the rebellion.

LOTTE VERBEEK
TO PLAY GEILLIS DUNCAN
THE BORGIAS' star Lotte Verbeek will play the enigmatic and witchy Geillis Duncan, wife of the procurator fiscal.

THE FRASER CLAN
 GRAHAM MCTAVISH, GARY LEWIS & DUNCAN LACROIX
Actors who already have experience in the epic genre - Graham McTavish (HOBBIT), Gary Lewis (BILLY ELLIOTT) and Duncan  Lacroix (GAME OF THRONES, VIKINGS) - will play Scottish warriors, the uncles and godfathers of Jamie Fraser.

30 comments:

  1. Outlander is going to rock! Great story...great cast. Happy New Year Dezi!

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    1. Thanks, Denise, same to you! Hope OUTLANDER doesn't disappoint when it starts to air, we do need us a good historical show this year on TV

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  2. Never heard of Caitriona Balfe until now, but she is very beautiful

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    1. yep, she is known only to people in Ireland, methinks, I wouldn't even know how to pronounce her name and surname :)

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  3. Woooohoo. I do like the casting. It's such a fun, escapist type story. And, yeah, I hope it translates well to the screen. So glad they went with a series instead of a movie though. There's a lot of story to cover (and a lot of Scots to Uncover). :PP

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    1. there will be Scots uncovered? Now you got me interested :)

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  4. This series looks very good! We're watching The Borgias on DVD right now and Lotte Verbeek is tremendous.

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    1. Yep, she was great in otherwise really bad show :)

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  5. Outlander I read sums it up I think that this should be a good series, to follow .

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    1. we do love them historical, Vincent

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  6. I will sure give it a try. The story sounds good.

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. at least we will enjoy the sets and costumes of the era

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  7. Not heard of the books sounds interesting. :)

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    1. Yep, it's strange how the books have been sold in 20 million copies and yet most people have never heard of them :)

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  8. OUTLANDER sounds my kinda series.

    Can't remember if I've said Happy New Year .. so I'll say it again just in case...

    Happy New Year, Dezzy!

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    1. thanks, I think you have :)
      Should be a good one... a bit of epic romance in spring :)

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  9. Interesting love affairs & time travel themes, what a dilemna of the heart ~

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    1. yep, as if love problems on itself aren't enough :)

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  10. Sometimes I like romantic movies but more so, I like romantic comedy cooking movies the best.

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    1. This would be a romantic series. Romantic cooking movies are my fave genre too. NO RESERVATIONS with Catherine Zeta Jones and SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE with Sean Patrick Flannery would be my absolute faves.

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  11. I've never taken it upon myself to read the books, but Outlander looks to have some serious promise as an ongoing series. Could be a show for the wife and I to DVR.

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    1. for sure, Bob, could be a romantic weekly event between you and the missus :)

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  12. I have not heard of the books, but this looks sooo good.

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    1. It keeps surprising me. I haven't heard of the books either two years ago or so, but they've been sold in tens of millions

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  13. i reaally just want the last photo's hat...

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  14. To dvr or not? Sounds good, but my list is piling up. I really need to start being more selective instead of recording every show that sounds promising lol.

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    1. I usually watch my weekly dose of shows during weekend evenings, never more than 3 shows at a time

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  15. Seems like it will be a very interesting show! I look forward to watching it!

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    1. me too, we do need a good historical show

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