And now, it is official: Scotsman Sam Heughan has landed the lead role of Jamie Fraser in Outlander, a Starz original series being adapted by Battlestar Galactica‘s Ronald D. Moore from Diana Gabaldon’s series of international bestsellers.
Rumors of Heughan’s casting first circulated last week, though at the time Starz insisted there was “no done deal.”
He’ll play Jamie Fraser in the Starz adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s novels.
It’s official: British actor Sam Heughan has been tapped to star in Ron Moore's upcoming Starz drama series Outlander.
The premium cable network on Tuesday confirmed the casting, which leaked via Twitter over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Heughan will star as Jamie Fraser in the network’s adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's internationally best-selling books. Starz greenlit the drama series earlier this year for a 2014 premiere. Production will begin in the fall in Scotland.
In the attitude in which she bent from her horse, which was a Highland pony, her face, not perhaps altogether unwillingly, touched mine. She pressed my hand, while the tear that trembled in her eye found its way to my cheek instead of her own. It was a moment never to be forgotten—inexpressibly bitter, yet mixed with a sensation of pleasure so deeply soothing and affecting, as at once to unlock all the flood-gates of the heart. It was but a moment, however; for, instantly recovering from the feeling to which she had involuntarily given way, she intimated to her companion she was ready to attend him, and putting their horses to a brisk pace, they were soon far distant from the place where I stood.
Blackbird sings in praise of Scotland’s cultural history
Director Jamie Chambers wants his film, screening at this year’s Edinburgh film festival, to be more than an elegy for the nation’s oral tradition of singing and storytelling
Disappearing world … Blackbird stars Andrew Rothney, left, as a young man struggling to preserve traditional culture in a Scottish village
Home advantages don’t come much stronger than the one the new Scottish film Blackbird will have when it screens this week at the Edinburgh film festival. It isn’t just that the picture’s writer-director, Jamie Chambers, was born and raised in the city, or that he is artistic director of Transgressive North, a community of Scottish artists that has collaborated with the likes of Irvine Welsh, Jarvis Cocker, Alexander McCall Smith and Four Tet. Nor is it merely that this movie, inspired partly by Powell and Pressburger’s Hebridean romance I Know Where I’m Going!, will be vying for the prestigious Michael Powell award. The very subject of Blackbird is Scotland – specifically, the oral tradition of singing and storytelling. Despite initiatives to keep that tradition alive, including Edinburgh’s own Tradfest, the portrait in Blackbird of an entire branch of cultural history withering away is an entirely plausible one.