It’s official: Outlander, from Battlestar Galactica producer Ronald D. Moore, has found its Jamie Fraser.
Scottish actor Sam Heughan will play the role of the 18th-century clan lord. Fraser is a charismatic natural leader who begins a passionate affair with Claire Randall, a married combat nurse who is mysteriously transported back in time from 1945 London.
The 16-episode Starz series is an adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling novels. Gabaldon herself is immensely pleased with the decision to cast Heughan: via TVLine, she has stated, “Having seen Sam Heughan not just act, but be Jamie, I feel immensely grateful to the production team for their painstaking attention to the soul of the story and characters.”
Production on the series will begin later this year in Scotland.