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Outlander is an upcoming Starz Original Series based on the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. The series will be produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television, and is to begin filming in Scotland in Fall 2013 with a tentative and unspecific 2014 premiere target.
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 epic tale.
- "Claire is the quick-witted, stubborn but lovely, English “sassenach” heroine of the Outlander story. She is 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."
- "Jamie is a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior who marries Claire for her own protection. Armed with sheer grit and enduring strength, he is intelligent, principled and, by 18th century standards, educated and worldly. A natural leader of men, he has no political ambitions or desire for battlefield glories. Instead, he wishes to remove the price on his head and return to his family's ancestral farm."
- "Frank Randall is Claire’s 20th century husband and a professional historian with a deep interest in the 18th century and his own geneology. Frank and Claire are rekindling their relationship when Claire suddenly disappears.
- Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall is Frank’s ancestor from the 18th century. A Captain in the English army posted to Scotland during a time when rebellion was rife. The nickname is no mistake, while Black Jack Randall may look strikingly similar, he is nothing like the gentle, bookish Frank; he is a dark, violent man who will take what he wants at any cost."
- "Dougal MacKenzie is the War Chieftain of Clan MacKenzie. His older brother Colum is the ruling Laird but would be nothing without Dougal, his loyal right hand. Dougal is a skilled and experienced warrior. A strong leader, he commands respect in any setting and is feared by many. Unlike his brother, Dougal secretly supports the rebel cause against the British."
- "Colum is Jamie's maternal uncle. He is a man who reigns over a powerful clan, but must rely on Dougal to be the true muscle. Colum suffers from a condition now known as Toulouse-Lautrec Syndrome, a degenerative disease that renders his legs immobile at times, and fills his days with great physical pain. Colum, using wine to dull the pain, is able to rise to the occasion when needed, parading around at clan dinners and gatherings, solidifying his position as clan leader."
- "Murtagh, Jamie's godfather, is a taciturn man, but very loyal to Jamie. Mysterious and dark, like a vulture lurking in the background. Murtagh doesn’t say a lot, he doesn’t have to; his reputation, and if need be, his fists, do the talking. At first skeptical of Claire, like his fellow clansmen, Murtagh eventually warms to her – whatever is best for Jamie."
- "Jenny Fraser Murray is Jamie Fraser’s older sister, and surrogate mother in many ways. She shares Jamie’s stubborn and quick-tempered character, which causes the siblings to butt heads from time to time. Jenny is also smart, experienced and skilled, running Lallybroch (the Fraser ancestral home) when Jamie is away. Jenny is married to Jamie’s best friend, Ian Murray. When the series begins they have one child and a second child on the way."
- "Another member of Clan Mackenzie, Angus is a hard drinker who's always looking for a fight. Angus hates the Brits, so as far as he's concerned, Claire can go back to where she came from — dead or alive. Rarely seen without a bottle in his hand, Angus is nonetheless an extremely skilled fighter, and a loyal clansman, making him an asset to both Colum and Dougal."
- "...a quick-witted woman who is the glue that holds Castle Leoch together. Not one to hold her tongue, Mrs. Fitzgibbons' work is never done."
- "Laoghaire is blonde and fair, with the kind of natural, girl-next-door beauty that could easily get a teenage girl in trouble. At first she seems shy, harmless, mousey even, but eventually we see her vengeful side, and eventually Laoghaire sets off a course of action that has far reaching consequences."
- "...Rupert MacKenzie, a loyal member of Clan MacKenzie and an angler who is always looking for opportunities - he just can't stand to pass up a good raid. Rupert is Dougal's right hand man; Dougal has power and Rupert wishes he did as well."
- "Wakefield is the amateur historian and genealogist who is Frank's adviser in 1945. He is also the vicar of an Inverness parish and plays an important role in the lives of both Claire and Frank."
- "Reverend Wakefield’s druid housekeeper. A dramatic woman with an eye for the unknown, including reading tea leaves. She predicts Claire's 'love of two men.'"
- "...the owner/manager of the bed and breakfast Frank and Claire stay at after the war. She is nosy to a fault, making everything her business, but she is also extremely kind and welcoming to both Claire and Frank."
- "...handsome with red hair, Hamish is the son and heir to Laird Colum MacKenzie (Gary Lewis) and nephew of the MacKenzie War Chieftan, Dougal (Graham McTavish). He’s rambunctious and spirited with a child’s understanding of the power his father and uncle have – power that one day may very well be his."
- "...the wife of Clan MacKenzie's Laird Colum MacKenzie and mother to Hamish. As the spouse of the most powerful member of the clan, Letitia plays the role of both matriarch and caring mother. A strong woman in her own right - the type of powerful ally Claire, or anyone, would love to have."
- "This squat, powerful man is the “Master of Horse” at Castle Leoch. He serves as a boss and in a way a mentor to Jamie at the stables. A bit gruff, he is definitely a man’s man."
- "...the archaeologist who raised Claire [and] was a large influence in her life."
- Ronald D. Moore
- Jim Kohlberg
- Novel series
- TV adaptation
- Ronald D. Moore
- Toni Graphia
- Matt Roberts
- Ira Behr
- Anne Kenney
- John Dahl (2 episodes)
- Brian Kelly (2 episodes)
- It was announced in July 2012 that Sony Pictures TV had closed a deal on the rights to the story. The developer/producer of Battlestar Galactica, Ron Moore, will write the series adaptation with Jim Kohlberg’s Story Mining and Supply Co. producing.
- April 29, 2013 - Deadline.com reports learning of the writing team for the show: Ron Moore and Toni Graphia (Battlestar Galactica), Matt Roberts (Caprica), Ira Behr (Alphas, The 4400), and Anne Kenney (LA Law, Switched at Birth).
- June 1, 2013 - Deadline.com reports that Starz network has greenlit the series for production, ordering 16 episodes.
- June 25, 2013 - Starz officially announces it has picked up "Outlander" as a new TV series, gives premiere date info (2014), filming location info (Scotland), and filming schedule info (Fall 2013).
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Starz Confirms ‘Outlander’ Series Pickup - Deadline.com, June 25, 2013
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Official site
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Starz’s ‘Outlander’ Adds Two To Cast
- ↑ Official casting announcement on Diana Gabaldon's Facebook
- ↑ TVLINE Announces Casting of Lotte Verbeek and James Fleet – 14 October 2013
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Exclusive: Doctor Who and Layer Cake Vets Join Ron Moore's Outlander
- ↑ Starz’s Outlander Series Casts Its Laoghaire MacKenzie (Exclusive) – Access Hollywood, October 22, 2013
- ↑ Outlander STARZ Facebook – Rupert casting
- ↑ Outlander STARZ Facebook — Rev. Wakefield casting
- ↑ Outlander STARZ Facebook — Mrs. Graham casting announcement, 1 November 2013
- ↑ Outlander STARZ Facebook — Mrs. Baird casting announcement, 1 November 2013
- ↑ Starz’s ‘Outlander’ Finds Young Hamish MacKenzie (Exclusive) - September 16, 2013
- ↑ Outlander STARZ Facebook – Letitia casting announcement, 5 November 2013
- ↑ Outlander STARZ Facebook – Old Alec casting announcement, 5 November 2013
- ↑ Outlander STARZ twitter – Uncle Lamb casting announcement
- ↑ ScreenRant - Ronald Moore Outlander TV Series
- ↑ Ron Moore’s ‘Outlander’ Series Adaptation For Starz Sets Up Writing Staff - Dealine.com, April 29, 2013
- ↑ ‘Outlander’ Greenlighted To Series By Starz - Dealine.com, June 1, 2013
- ↑ Sam Heughan Cast as Jamie Fraser in Starz and Sony's Outlander - Comingsoon.net, July 9, 2013
- ↑ CAITRIONA BALFE CAST AS CLAIRE RANDALL IN STARZ AND SONY PICTURES TV’S “OUTLANDER” via Diana Gabaldon's Facebook page