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It took a while, but Starz has officially announced that Scotsman Sam Heughan has been cast as Scotsman Jamie Fraser, the “chivalrous young Scottish warrior” in their upcoming TV series from “Battlestar Galactica” showrunner Ron Moore’s “Outlander”. The show is an adaptation of the Diana Gabaldon bestselling books that have sold, we’re told, over 20 million copies worldwide.
Author Gabaldon apparently approves, saying of the casting:
Oh. My. God. That man is a Scot to the bone and Jamie Fraser to the heart. 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.
OMG indeed, Diana.
Here’s how the press release describes Fraser:
In “Outlander,” Jamie Fraser strikes up a passionate affair with Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. Armed with sheer grit and enduring strength, he is a strapping young Scottish clan lord with a complicated past and a disarming sense of humor. He is intelligent, principled, and, by 18th century standards, educated and worldly, with a tenderness and compassion that stands out in contrast to his contemporaries. 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.
So yeah, essentially everything a romance reader (i.e. women) fantasize about when they pick up these books. Keep looking, ladies, keep looking! He’s out there somewhere! *
“Outlander” is set to premiere on Starz in 2014.