Ron Moore’s Starz Show Outlander Casts its Hunky Male Lead

Sam Heughan in Emulsion

UPDATE: Or not. Deadline now says the deal isn’t done.

Looks like “Battlestar Galactica” showrunner Ron Moore’s new period show “Outlander” has landed its male lead in Scottish actor Sam Heughan. Heughan has done most of his work Across the Pond, and recently starred in the movie “Emulsion” (you can read our review of that title here).

Outlander Novel CoverHe will be playing Jamie Fraser in the Starz show, which will adapt the book series by Diana Gabaldon about “Claire Randall, a WWII combat nurse who leaves her husband Frank behind when she suddenly ends up in 1743. In the novels, Claire marries Jamie, a young Scottish warrior whose dislocated arm she fixes soon after finding herself transported back by centuries.”

See what happens there? You fix some Scottish warrior’s dislocated shoulder and suddenly you’re marrying him. That’s 1743 for ya!

The series will find Claire being “torn between her husband in 1945 and Jamie in 1743.” (By the way, is it me, or do all these women-written fiction always end up with a girl being caught in a love triangle with, undoubtedly, two hunky hunks? Just something I’ve noticed…)

Starz has already ordered a 16-episode first season order of the show, which is set to shoot on location in Scotland later this year for a 2014 premiere. The books have apparently sold over 20 million copies worldwide, so yeah, lots of fans out there for this one.

Hopefully it’ll be as good as South Park’s adaptation of the novel:

Via : Deadline