Wednesday, June 18, 2014

First Look: Outlander

I've been a bit late to the game but with another two months to go, I guess maybe now is the time to talk about this upcoming series from Starz.

Outlander - a 16 part television series based on the books by Diana Gabaldon and adapted for television by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) will tell the story of a nurse from 1945 named Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) who finds herself landing in 1743 Scotland where immediately she's forced to adapt to her current surroundings in order to survive while trying to find her way home. Sam Heughan is also cast in the role of Jamie Fraser, who from the trailers I am guessing will be the love interest for Claire, despite her having a lover back in her own time.

The lover in question being Frank Randall, with Tobias Menzies playing that role along with the 18th century equivalent, Jonathan as well. Other cast members for the series which takes in both a Scottish period setting and time travel include Laura Donnelly as Janet Fraser Murray/Jenny, Annette Badland as Mrs Fitzgibbons, Lottie Veerback as Geillis Duncan, Bill Patterson as Ned Gowan and Simon Callow as the Duke of Sandringham to name a few. Being pretty unaware of the books themselves, I'm going to approach this series without any preconceived notions but I do like the mashing up of certain genres as well and filming the show in Scotland certainly makes the show look rather lovely as well.

Season 1 Trailer/Cast Interviews:

Outlander will air Saturdays at 9pm on Starz from August 9th.

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