Posted on January 16, 2014 1:40 AM
Here’s the “first-look” trailer presented at the recent Fan Event in Los Angeles, with a fascinating glimpse of the new cable-tv series (being produced by Starz), to be released sometime this summer!
Hope you enjoy it!
Tagged as: First-Look trailer, Outlander, STARZ, tv show
Looks very interesting. However, Sam isn’t quite as ‘beefy’ as I had Jamie pictured. Not enough upper body musculature as theHighlanders I have seen.
-> upper body musculature – my guess is dumbbells and protein formulae were not quite as efficient in the 18th century
I don’t really understand why there’s so much discussion about Jamie and Claire’s looks, since they are most of all extraordinary as persons … Yes, physical aspects get mentioned in the books, as they should, but not too much, as they should (am re-reading the novels right now and everything else about them is much more important, in my humble opinion).
And yes, I am young enough to appreciate musculature, generally.
WHO CARES about his muscles?? He’s a beautiful young Jamie and she’s a perfect Claire!!! From someone who has read the entire series of books at least three times, maybe more, I am ecstatic! Isn’t everyone? Finally!
My mouth literally dropped open when I began to recognize what I was watching the first time I saw the trailer. Couldn’t believe it! We all have our own expectations of Jamie and Claire but
Ms. Gabaldon created such wonderful characters and one of the best love stories ever told.
These characters are so real to most of us because we’ve spent so much time with them.
Let’s just thank our lucky ‘Starz’ for putting it on screen for all of us to enjoy! I can’t wait for
So looking forward to it x
Having grown up on a farm then gone off to war as a soldier Jamie wouldn’t have been “beefy”. You can’t realistically compare “today’s” highlanders (or any other muscled man) with a man from the 1700′s. They had different diets and no gyms, different everything.
Jamie is never described as being huge and beefy, more lean and muscled.
If you look at pictures of Sam Heughan (Jamie) from when they cast him and follow them to now you’ll see he’s changed a lot! He’s had a trainer and he’s gotten more chiseled and more muscled.
Besides all of that, between the interviews I’ve seen with him and Caitriona, seeing their chemistry together and knowing how Diana feels about them I’m hooked on both of them. Diana said within a few minutes (seconds even) of seeing Sam’s audition tape (Cait’s too!) she knew they had found Jamie (and Claire) and was happy about the casting.
If the writer herself says “THAT’S JAMIE” it’s good enough for me.
In regards to the replies to “MUSCULATURE” everyibe keeps saying there were no gyms etc back in the 1700′s. I must agree with Ms Clough, as that is how he was described!!!
Y’all might just want to wait and see what Mr. Heughan looks like. He looks fine, believe me. (And I described Jamie–repeatedly–as tall, LEAN, ELEGANT and muscular–not as Mr. Universe.)
Never, I repeat never, have I been happy with the ppl chosen to play the parts of characters I’ve loved in books. The actors chosen to play Jamie and Claire are perfect…they are perfect…If I were 20 yrs younger, I’d be stalking Sam/Jamie, he is Jamie, no one else could of done this part, he’s perfect. And Catorina/Claire, again perfect, their chemistry is also perfect. I’m DYING for it to come back on tv…….btw, so far I’ve watched the wedding night episode about 4 times already.
So happy with it all, but I hate waiting ;(
It’s always interesting to see how others visualize the characters of a book. Wouldn’t it be fascinating to see the actual visual Diana Gabaldon has of her characters??
Remember, Sam Heughan is representing a Young Jamie Fraser in the Starz Outlander Series. He hadn’t grown into his manly, adult self yet.
The real question is … once you have started watching the Starz Series (and you KNOW you will) … will your own visual of Jamie, Claire and the other characters change?
Your comment just made me realize I don’t have a personal visual idea of them … at least not a very detailed one.
There really is so much more about the characters that I tend to go sloppy on visuals
But seeing Sam Heughan and Catriona Balfe in the trailer I was sure from the start that they’re perfect – because their acting corresponds to the complex, interesting personalities I have been reading about all these years.
OMG – so excited. This is the best love story ever. Second best, Pride and Prejudice. Third, Persuasion.
I have a visual of Jamie & Claire. Jamie is tall, broad shoulders, lots of hair, Sam looks like he could be him. Jamie is a very confident, well-bred gentleman who means what he says and is smart and wily. Claire has lots of curly hair, eyes that tell everything with her expressions and so much courage and kindness. They (the actors) are well chosen. I hope they can make Diana’s books come to life. It will be just like the movie in your head or your fantasy video coming to life. Best ever. Thank you Diana…you have given me many laughs and hours of entertainment. xoxo
I have to agree with you on all but one thing. The actress playing Claire is just too skinny. She is very beautiful don’t get me wrong but as we all know very well Claire has a larger butt. Jamie loves this about her. I just hope as the show develops that they thicken her up a bit. I am so very excited to see the show and cant wait for the next book to come out.
I felt the same thing, although I thought his looks are outstanding! It does mention very, very often how tall and big he is, and how he stands out so much in a crowd, etc… however I do know cameras are magical, and we may see this one in a larger depiction. I am just excited to see what I have been obsessing about, like something to have and to hold!!! What a great story.
The man is _very_ large. [g] Believe me, I’ve been in his company for several prolonged periods. He’s also very close to Jamie’s Identikit description–6’3″ and about 220 lbs.
Pretty sure you’ll like him–and the rest of the marvelous cast!
Agreed also Jamie is always described as being very tall, never lost in a crowd, but claire is almost as tall as Sam.
I think the casting for Jaime and Claire was pretty good. However, I am having a very
difficult time getting over the casting of Dougal and Column. They are just not what I imagined…AT ALL! I get that they are Scottish, but surely they could have cast someone younger and not so…well, just more attractive. They are after all described in the books as being handsome men, not old and scraggly.
I, too am quite puzzled by the casting of Colum and Dougal. Aren’t casting directors required to read the book? They were much younger men who were described as being handsome and having black hair. Not that the gentlemen cast in those roles aren’t excellent actors, they just don’t fit the descriptions and the visual images we probably all have of them.
Um…you might want to read those descriptions again. Colum and Dougal are described as being slightly older than Jamie’s father–i.e., in their late 40′s (and Colum, in poor health, is described as having gray-streaked hair and a deeply lined face, so looks older). Dougal’s hair is described as russet, not black. Granted, Graham McTavish is bald , but both he and Gary Lewis do a _fantastic_ job of embodying their characters; I couldn’t be more pleased.
I was apprehensive about watching the series, yet counting down the days as well… I almost never watch a video interpretation of a book I have loved, and the entire Outlander series definitely fits into that category. FYI, I have the series in hardback at each of our three homes, all of the DG books on my kindle and on audio. I am reading it again for the third time in 2014; I’ve probably read the entire series a couple of dozen times.
I was afraid that I wouldn’t like the cast or the screenplay. Instead, I am completely bowled over by both. No, a few of the characters (i.e., Dougal and Rev. Wakefield to mention two) don’t match up to my visual, but the series is so well cast and superbly written that I don’t notice the discrepancies between my visualazation and the cast. Dougal may not be what I expected, but watching him, it is easy to see why his reputation as a “ladies man’ persists. Thank you for a wonderful 6 weeks and counting!
After seeing the first epidsode, the casting of Jamie and Claire are perfect together.
to all: Don’t miss the slo-mo version of the trailer on You-Tube. It lasts nearly five minutes and really allows you to see all the details of the outstanding costuming and other details. The flo-mo version is at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVOsNHHZs7Q&list=UUXSsjIY7gBUOLDrPXF0z6GQ&feature=c4-overview
That should be “slo-mo” for “slow motion.” Slowing the trailer down is a great way to view it. There is however no sound so you’ll also want to view the standard version linked by Diana.
Thanks so much! Missed a lot watching the regular version…eeep! I’m so excited!!!
Thanks for the post! Oh my I’m SO EXCITED!
I’ve seen a bit of the Trailer. Okay, so the gentleman who isn’t playing Jaime isn’t beefy………. Nearly all the Characters weren’t who someone imagined……… This Is Diana’s Story………… and if They Can make you Believe for 5 minutes that they are Claire, Jaime Or even Frank/Black Jack…………..then they have done their job………….. I’m going to watch in the summer whenever it airs………….. my husband was trying to show it to me…….. I turned around closed my eyes and Listened……………… I’m hooked…………………See you All in the Summer…….
I’m hooked too. The music, the visuals. It looks like it’s going to be a great series.
The sets, costuming and film look to be high quality! I think Claire has tough role here, she has so much internal turmoil to try to show on screen. Fearful and confused, then fiesty, and the internal struggle about marrying Jamie, it will be interesting to see how that all comes through.
Thanks for the update and please keep us posted so I know when to subscribe to Starz!
I just have to ask, assume there will be some nudity in the series, did the actors have to audtion for ermm… that?
Casting calls specify the amount of nudity required for every role, but auditioning typically does not require nudity. Both Sam and Cait have worked as models and actors in jobs that should have made their physical attributes quite clear to the casting director. I do believe it was suggested to Sam that he work out with a trainer; he mentioned at the fan event that he did so for three months. That’s not unusual for physically demanding roles.
From the minute I heard Outlander was going to become a show I was hooked. This show is a dream come true for so many of us. Of course you cannot please everyone and there will be your negative Nellies, but I am in 100%. I will watch it and love it! So far Starz and everyone involved in making this a reality are doing a wonderful job and I can’t wait for the show to start.
The only thing that troubles me is the fact that STARZ has a reputation for canceling a series before it barely gets started. (Boss, Magic City, Camelot)
Well, fwiw, this series has a guaranteed 16-episode first season; it can’t be canceled mid-season, I don’t think. And also fwiw [g]–I had dinner (along with quite a few other people) with Chris Albrecht, the CEO of Starz, who expressed the greatest enthusiasm and support for the show, and said (this has been reported in the film/tv press) that on the basis of what he’d seen so far, he was sure it would go to a second season. So we’re hopeful!
Well I for one would like to see the TV series in a complete “unabridged” version of the books. In other words – can’t get enough – ha. I think this will be a fantastic series and can’t wait for it to start. Thank you Diana Gabaldon!!
Boss was an excellent series, but it did run for two seasons and I don’t know that it could have continued for much longer without sacrificing its realism.
Joseph Fiennes was the best part about Camelot!
That worries me too about Starz. My husband and I really loved Boss (we called it Bad Frasier) and were upset enough when it was canceled to also cancel Starz. I will re-order it to see Outlander but they had better be true to fans!!
I’m excited to have the trailer. I’ve been trying to brief my non-bookworm husband on what the book is about and so far, I don’t think he’s getting it. This is one tv show where I will have control of the remote! I can’t wait to watch him discover this world! It will make it all new to me, too!
Can’t wait to see it!!
I just started reading Outlander (again!) just so I would be even more familiar with the original plot. And yet again, I amazed at the amount of detail and description in these books. If this TV series can even come CLOSE to matching Ms. Diana’s writing, it will be worth watching.
Of course, these characters on the screen won’t look anything like what we have pictured in our heads! These people live in Ms. Diana’s head (which fact we are all grateful for ) and no director or producer or casting person could be expected to find them in real life.
I for one CANNOT WAIT FOR SUMMER!!!! And not just for the TV series….but especially for MOBY!!!
Thanks again, Ms. Diana.
I received a promotion to win a chance to meet Diana,etc. I am supposed to click on the seal (on book) to enter. Just wanted to know if this was legit.
Yes, that’s a Facebook contest sponsored by my US publisher, Random House. I believe it’s only open to US citizens (owing to the rules governing exclusive publishing territories), but if you are…Best of luck!
Wow! Just love the trailer. Any chance we’ll be able to see it in New Zealand? I’m a committed fan of all the Claire and Jamie books, and will be devastated if we can’t see it ‘down under’
I agree, so want it to come to NZ as soon as possible. Here’s hoping!
Hi Janice and HA50, I’ve just emailed TVNZ, TV3 and Prime asking when (not if) they will be showing Outlander. If enough of us ask then they will have to purchase it.
I too can hardly wait for it to screen here in New Zealand!!
I will have to follow your example Catherine, and email the TV stations and
ask when we might see it!
Je suis impatiente de voir cette série, depuis le temps que j’attendais.
Les romans sont déjà super. Reste à voir si les acteurs seront à la hauteur des personnages tels qu ils sont décrits dans les livres.
Merci Madame Gabaldon pour toutes ses merveilleuses heures de lecture avec le Chardon et le Tartan.
I just watched the trailer, and it’s great! I can’t wait for summer for two reasons now-MOBY and the Outlander miniseries!!! Congratulations, Diana, for all your hard work !! I know your’re not involved with the miniseries per se, but you did write Outlander, and are writing MOBY.
What TV station will it be aired in the UK. or on Sky UK.
While a lot of us feel that Sam H. is a bit too slight for the role of Jamie, I am just thrilled that the series is finally being produced. The trailer is a wonderful tease. And as a personal aside, unless it’s written by Diana, it doesn’t hold my interest. Long may she write!!
Just FYI – Muscles from WORKING are way different that muscles from WORKING OUT. You go to the gym to get “fluffy” muscles. If you are doing the hard physical labor of a farmer (Jamie), your muscles will not bulk up, but define. Bulky muscles get in the way, and you lose flexibility and speed. And I don’t just mean running speed. But, speed with a sword, or handling large farm animals.
Sam is looking great!
Precisely, Crystal. My personal image of Jamie is tall, of course. Jamie is nearly too thin but has those all important muscles defined from shoulder to foot. He is lean, lithe and luscious(well, he is.) My Jamie’s face was not as pretty as S.H.’s, but close. With each new photo of Sam he is becoming the perfect Jamie. In the books was he ever described as beefy of bulky? Don’t think so. Has anyone said they can not wait!!!!? DBD
Agree Crystal ! My DH is a farmer and he is so strong, but not bulky at all! And he has endurance from WORKING all day, 7 days week. No fluff here.
I think a slight Jamie is fine, Diana has always said he’s thin. I just really expected his hair to be more red. I’m sure after the first 10 minutes will forget all about that though, the trailer looks good!
I’m so looking forward to watching the series when it comes out. I do hope I will be able to watch it up here in Canada!! I was able to watch the hour and a half Fan Gathering video on You Tube and thoroughly enjoyed meeting “Claire” & “Jamie”. I found them both to be very believable as the characters.
Cheers to all the fans out there!!
The tv show will be presented on Showtime in Canada. Hope you’ll enjoy it!
Thanks so much for your reply! You’re awesome!!
I started re-reading them when I heard about MOBY was coming out in the fall of 2013, and now I’m on round two (on chapter 44 in Voyageur as I write this) as I wait for it’s release in June 2014. I have so much to look forward to this summer! It looks to be jam packed with the series coming to life and the next installment. I’m really looking forward to reading about Roger going back through the stones to look for Jemmy!
When ever you write a new book to the series, I’m always so pleased to see those cliffhangers… I know I’ll be getting a new one in the future.
Not only have I read your wonderful series multiple times, I’ve had to purchase them multiple times, because I’ve worn them out! Love them!! I can only say good things about them.
Thanks again for letting me know that I’ll be able to watch “Outlander” on Showtime.
All the best & Cheers!!
Would also like to know when it will be shown in UK. If at all. Please give us some hope!
I’d be really surprised if it wasn’t. [g] But the international rights to the show belong to the Sony corporation, who licenses them individually to distributors in various countries. At the moment, there is a deal already in place for Canada; Showtime will be presenting it there. But they’re only just beginning the marketing process of selling it in other countries. I’ll be sure to note further information as we get it!
I wanted to know the same thing since we now live in Cheltenham, England. Do you know about the Cheltenham Literature Festival in the fall? My friends and I all dream of you coming to do a talk there! : )
I’m so happy! This is great! Have to ask from YLE (BBC in Finland) that is it possible to see the Outlander here also. Can’t wait.
Bonjour à tous,
Avec ma Maman (82 ans ) nous avons lu tous les volumes de Jamie et Claire, nous sommes même allés
en Mai 2013 en Ecosse dans les Highlands, Ce fut magique, Clava cairns, Culloden ( très émouvant ) etc.
Un souvenir inoubliable, et maintenant je n’espère qu’une chose que la série passe très vite en France !
Fabienne et Paule.
Huge fan of the entire series (I’ve read all of the books at least twice!) and would love to know if this will be airing in Australia?
Thanks so much for your incredible work!
love the books hope the series is as enjoyable and that we get to see it here in Ireland
I love your books. Have reread them 5 times. Had always hoped you would make a movie but the series sounds much better as it would last longer and get into more of the story. Hope it comes to Canada soon. I am really looking forward to watching it.
I have spent a great deal of my life living in your books, with all the characters and the wonderful
story. I think I have read every book you’ve published! I’ve read the Outlander series a couple times over the years and I recently pre-ordered your latest, ‘In My Own Heart’s Blood’, which I should receive this summer. I always hoped for a movie, but I too think the television series is a better venue and will
reach so many new fans. I jumped on this computer the minute I saw the trailer for the first time. I just
wanted to share my excitement with the rest of the fans who I knew were sharing on line.
Thank you so much for sharing the wonderful story of Jamie and Claire – I am swept away
each time I open your books.
Oh I love the trailer.It is so exciting to see the characters come to life.
I will have to watch many many times before the show starts this summer.
I am also reading the books again on my kindle for the fourth time.
There is always an item or two I forgot or missed the first reading.
Can not wait to see the show.
Thanks to Diana, the Cast & Crew for your hard work !!!!!!
Get plenty of rest for those long days of work.
There’s a new version of the trailer with a different ending at http://www.starz.com/originals/outlander/videos/video/391
Thanks JerryT for sharing the link, it was great! I kept playing over and over!!!
I am impressed with Sony, Ron and Starz for how they are incorporating the fans into the process. They don’t have to reach out to your fans, but they are embracing us by giving out these teasers to show they recognize that we are here. It’s awesome how they have no problem responding to us on social media like Twitter as well.
I think that fans should call the networks and let them know that the series is coming and You want to see it in your own country, help Sony show the networks that there is already a fan base and it would be a profitable program for them. I’m in the U.S., so I will see it, but I think we should all help our beloved international friends get the same opportunity.
Love to all!
Am I the only person who watched the Fan Gathering event that cringed every time the moderator called Caitriona “Caitlyn”? I hope this lack of professionalism doesn’t reflect upon how Starz treats this series.
Diana – I will be in Phoenix in late February. Is there a chance of getting an autographed copy of Outlander (book 1) from the Poisoned Pen while I’m there? You have said before, in various community posts, that you drop by the store on occasion to sign books but I’m not sure which one of you to contact.
In a perfect world I could come by when you’re there but realistically the chance of you just “happening” to be there while I’m in town is too much to hope for. That said, I am attempting to at least plan far enough ahead that I can visit the bookstore and get an autographed copy.
Love your books – love your short stories – love the way you connect to your fans! Thanks for gifting us with your gifts!
Contact the store. They’ll make a note of whatever inscription you’d like, and I’ll sign it the next time I come in. They’ll either ship it to you, or hold it, if you’d like to pick it up yourself while you’re in town.
Hallo Diana !
I love Outlanders.Have all the books.Hope the new book vill com soon to Sweden
I have thoroughly enjoyed your books, and am looking forward to both the next one and the TV series. I think the casting is perfect, especially since I think many years ago there was a vague rumor involving Tom Cruise…
I do have two, perhaps odd, concerns. The first has to do with the show. I have noticed that in other period drama, while the men may be appropriately furry, the women are usually free of any body hair. I know Ms. Balfe has already had to have a couple of perms, so perhaps going au natural body hair-wise is asking too much, but if she and the other women whose underarms will be seen -like Geillis when she distracts the crowd so Claire can escape- can take a break from the usual maintenance, it would be far more authentic.
The second, speaking of anachronisms, is in the last book when you mentioned fire ants. They did not arrive in the US until the early 20th century. It’s ironic that out of all the weaving of time travel and magic stones and the gritty depiction of life in the 1700′s in your books, that has been the only thing that struck me as unrealistic, and shocked me (briefly) out of my immersion in the story.
I am planning to attend one of your Seattle appearances, and am anticipating many happy days of reading afterward.
Thanks! Will make a note about the fire ants. As for underarm hair…that would be a matter for the production team to work out. [g]
Glad you’ve been enjoying the books, though–thank you!
Hi Diana –
I’m mid-way through book #2 and loving it. Love the trailer. Bummed I missed the Starz L.A. event. I had an opportunity to go but my family needed me.
I’m writing you because I’m currently creating a female driven blog for the faith site Believe.com and thought perhaps it might be fun to do a piece on Outlander for you – either the film or your new book coming out.
Full disclosure: The blog is not up yet but will be in a month. Meanwhile, many of my blog posts are already peppering the website in article form.
I’d target getting your 1000 word piece in our newsletter (which hits about 10k people) and then I’d do a f/u later in my blog in its actual home!
Believe.com is a Christian website, and a lot of the women I am writing for are the same demographic as Outlander so it could be a great fit!
I would love to touch on the themes of faith. I am such a big believer in transformation and Jamie, especially in the first book, really finds his faith through his terrible ordeal. Claire is a lovely example of a woman who doesn’t run at the first sign of trouble. She is a fighter! So many women these days (and I used to be one) see love as a product you can buy. But the truth is, love is a verb – an action that requires character, discipline, grit and a good dose of humor.
Quick background on me: I’m a produced TV writer who spent 3 years writing a parenting column for BabyCenter and a sex column at Good Housekeeping. (Though your love scenes far surpassed my conservative audience which, likely, turned your readers into MY readers at BabyCenter!)
I am proposing an article that is part interview on faith/part pre-buzz for movie and a good dose of cheeky fun.
If interested, you can write me directly! APaventi@Spark.net
Appreciate the thought! However, I’m in the Final Frenzy of a book that _has_ to be done by the end of March;there’s no way I can write anything much, beyond the book and the occasional update for this site or my Facebook page. Best of luck with your new blog, though!
Like so many thousands of others I am a huge fan of the Outlander series and I am delighted, to say the least, that it is being filmed for a TV series. I live near Toronto, Canada and I am interested to know if we here north of the border will be able to view it. I can’t help but think that it will turn up on PBS sooner or later but when is the big question. I CAN HARDLY WAIT!
I would just like to post a correction. In a reply above it is stated that the Outlander series will be aired in Canada on Showtime. In fact it will be aired on Showcase. A visit to the website of Showcase will confirm this.
Im so excited about the series. Im going to have to put Starz in my summer budget so I can see it. In the meantime Im going to reread Outlander & wishing for a chronological character list to remind me who is who. Is there such a thing? Sorry, Im old & cant remeber yesterday!
I saw this article about Scotland and it made me smile. Enjoy!
Three cheers for getting the long awaited mini series started. I am assuming that this will continue with ALL of your books regarding Jamie and Claire! I can’t wait to see them all. Have read and re-read each book at least 5 times, and each time, I find something that I’ve overlooked before. Love them, love them, love them.
My question next, is will the series come out on dvd? I certainly hope so!!! Would so very much love to have a whole collection of the series!!!! So, waiting with bated breath for your answer.
A minor correction: The Outlander TV series is a regular year-to-year TV series, not a miniseries. The difference is that a miniseries has a set number of episodes, like 8 or whatever, and it ends for good on the last episode. The whole story is planned in advance of filming in a miniseries. But the Outlander TV series, if successful financially and in the ratings, could continue year after year! For many years, hopefully.
For now, Executive Producer Ron Moore has said that the first year (16 episodes) will probably cover most of the first book, OUTLANDER. But a second and third year may not cover a book each… it will depend on how the adaptation and its story arcs develop, he said.
About DVDs, Diana doesn’t decide when or if those come out. That will probably be Sony who will decide when and where, the same folks that sell the international rights.
Anyway, logically a show this popular and highly anticipated on a global scale is definitely going to come out on DVDs, unless we’ve been thrust into a parallel universe where media corporations don’t want to make money any more. Here’s a way to check: Does Spock have a goatee? (Trekkies will understand…)
And I bet the series will be for sale on download sites like iTunes, too. The show’s premiere is not until August, so planning for releasing DVDs in different countries and regions would logically occur some time after the first season airs.
I bet you’ll get your DVD collection to enjoy for years, no problem! Me, too…
PS – As a webmaster and programmer, I kindly recommend that folks should NOT post their personal phone number or personal email on this or any other public site, especially along with your real name. There are web robots and stuff that can automatically harvest them off just about ANY site, and add them to autodial and email lists that can drive you nuts. And there are all kinds of disreputable folks out there, too. Safety first, dearest Outlander readers!
God PLEASE don’t let them pick someone LAME for the female rol of Claire Fraserl!!! I have been in AWE of Diana Gabaldon and singing her praises to anyone who reads anything from the back of a shampoo bottle to the thrifty nickel to Laurell K. Hamilton novels!!! I am completely and utterly IN LOVE with James and Claire Fraser and the fact that its going to film is actually (sadly) been one of my most continuous solid dreams for SEVERAL years and i think it might actually do some very REAL and serious psychological damage if the roll of Claire Fraser goes to someone unfit. I’m no professional by ANY standard but I’m deathly afraid that it will go to someone undeserving like Rachel McAdams or (God forbid!!!) Cameron Diaz!! Leelee Sobieski would be perfect! But if not her then maybe Claire Danes??? I know it’s been a while since they’ve been in the limelight but Claire is too very precious to be cast by just anyone!! This is not just a comment or an opinion… This is a prayer! I hope that someone (((ANYONE))) will consider and/or answer it!
If there is someone who would like to speak with me my email is sometimes unpredictable but i have a cell that I’m willing to throw out there. Even as dangerous, a tiny bit foolish and out of character as it for me to something like this!!! 1 (731) 931 0889
Claire is being played by the wonderful Catriona Balfe, an absolutely terrific Irish actress who completely inhabits Claire–I’ve seen her do it. [g] You’ll be thrilled.
I am so excited. I can’t wait for the show! I am excited about Claire and Jamie…wish his hair was a little bit more red because in the trailer sometimes it looks muted and more brown. But oh well, this is going to be amazing! WOO HOO!
Just saw the trailer for the first time and i must say it looks awesome.
I just dont understand all the fuss about how the actors playing Claire and Jamie look.
Off all the books i have read i can can come up with only one person who looked the way i imagined him to look, that being Russel Crowe as Jack Aubrey.
I, too, have made my own assumptions of the characters and how the look. My only certainty was the Randall character, both Frank and the Black jack…that said. To me, those two are personified by Jason Isaacs. It’s hard not to picture the brutality of Isaacs as seen in the Patriot. An easy parallel made to the qualities of Black jack Randall. Can’t wait for the series.
Well, you’re entitled to your opinion, just as everyone is. Fwiw, my own opinion is that while Jason Isaacs is a fine actor, the character he played in “The Patriot” (horrible, simple-minded, politically correct, emotionally manipulative thing) was deliberately two-dimensional, a cartoon Bad Guy that everyone could go, “Boo! Hiss!” whenever he turned up–hardly a model for Captain Randall, who has–I hope–summat more nuance and intelligence. I’m more than pleased with what I’ve seen of the tv adaptation, though, in terms of script, directing, photography _and_ acting, and I think y’all will be pleased as well.
My mum and I have read all the outlander books several times over, both of us have all seven books, and are waiting for the 8th book to be released in June in the UK.
At first I read a movie was coming out on the outlander series and got very excited, but then I read it was to be made into a TV series…………having said to my mum previously that there was a film being made, the first thing she saidto me was ” you have to take me to see it”!!!!……….now it will be a TV series, we dont need to leave the house, we can watch it in the comfort of our own homes, whoo hoo!!. We will be transfixed for the full 16 episodes, it is a must that the series be put onto DVD……….. as my mum says they are “keepers”…….I agree of course.
Please please please let it come to the UK in July the same time it is aired in America, we cannot wait to see how it transpires from the books to visual on screen. Having watched the trailer on Utube of the interviews with Sam and Catriona……….they are PERFECT to play Jamie and Claire.
Well done Ms Gabaldon for creating such a phenomina!
Diana has said elsewhere that she doesn’t have anything to do with the licensing and showing of the series:
“…the international rights to the show belong to the Sony corporation, who licenses them individually to distributors in various countries. At the moment, there is a deal already in place for Canada; ”
As for other countries, such as the U.K., Diana said, “they’re [Sony] only just beginning the marketing process of selling it in other countries. I’ll be sure to note further information as we get it!”
In other words, Sony will be selling the series to different regional cable or broadcast companies (probably to the highest bidder, I would guess) in each country or viewing area. So it will be awhile until all of that is settled and announced.
Apparently marketing a show like this around the world is complicated, something that surprised me. It will be worth the wait! We need to have giant viewing parties in different countries, for each country’s premiere.
Thank you for clarifying that it is sony that is marketing the Outlander series……..However like all fans of the books, we are very excited that this is being televised, and cannot wait for this to be broardcast in our own countries.
I agree with u though, it would be great to have viewing parties in all different countries
Has anyone read or heard why Sam’s hair ( Jamie ) is auburn and not red, his red hair takes on its own character in the books. I know the color I see in interviews with Sam is auburn, because it is my color, and has been since birth. I was wondering if it had something to do with the filming, something as simple as red Hair did not look good on Sam, or it just did not translate well to TV.
Also, has Diana mentioned if this is the last book, or can we anxiously look forward to another.
Thank you Diana for your incredible series.
I’m so very glad this will be a series and not a movie as I think a series will give the time needed to do justice to the complexities of the story. While my mental image may not have been a match for the actors cast what really matters is that the integrity of the story remain. It would be a travesty if they mangled Outlander as they did The Lord of the Rings and other literary works. Looking forward to seeing the show!!
About Jamie’s hair (as portrayed by Sam H.), the series is being true to the books! (Thank you, Ron Moore and crew!) Diana posted this about the topic last November:
“In the months since [Sam Heughan was cast as Jamie], the production people have been kind enough to show me the occasional glimpse of this or that. I _have_ seen the red hair in its full glory (it took seven tries—and 27 hours in a salon chair, I was told by the victim), and speaking as someone married to a red-head (himself Jamie’s original body model) and with two more in residence…it’s definitely the right kind of red.
“Red hair—as I notice a few red-heads have been mentioning—looks Way Different, depending on the light. Unless it’s truly carroty (and Jamie’s is Definitely Not), sometimes it looks almost brown, sometimes it’s red-gold and sometimes it’s all different colors and sometimes it has almost-blond highlights and sometimes…well, let’s put it this way: it doesn’t look like Bozo the clown or Shamus the Wrestler, it looks like Real Hair, just red. (And if you really worry about this, do go and google “red deer images” and _see_ what the heck a red deer’s pelt looks like.)”
Diana’s words above are from her blog entry, “Casting Commentary:”
PS – For a listing of (and links to) selected news media stories, articles, and interviews with Diana about the Outlander TV series, be sure to check her TV series news page at
Hey Diana, (or anyone else out there who may know)
Has there been an official name for the Oultander TV Series released yet? Just asking cause there has already been a TV series called “Outlander” if I am not mistaken.
Sorry, I’m just a bit off track here! That TV series I was referring to was called “Highlander” and it ran from 1992-1998, it was a 2008 movie called “Outlander”. Just ignore my silly question!
I was watching ‘About Love’ and thought…. If Domhnall Gleeson buffed up, and put on a Scottish accent, he would be the perfect Jamie Cross Stitch/Outlander would make a great movie.
Well…[cough]…luckily, it’s going to be a great tv show, and even more luckily, Mr. Sam Heughan will be playing Jamie and doing a wonderful job of it (I’ve seen him do it!).
Hope you’ll enjoy it!
When is this due to air and will we get this in Australia… I am loving the books, even have my Dad reading them
The US release date hasn’t been announced, beyond “Summer 2014.” But yes, it has been picked up in Australia and will air on SoHo. Hope you enjoy it!
Hi Diana or Loretta,
Do you know whether the audible version of the new book will be available at the same time as the print? I love the books so much I don’t want to ‘waste’ the first read on a paper version I might be tempted to speed through. The only thing better than the Outlander stories is Davina Porter’s ability to bring them to life. (And pronounce all the words correctly – which I can’t do in my head!!).
Yes, it should be out pretty close to the hardcover edition. I can’t promise that it will be out the same day–it does take time to do the recording, and they can’t start that until I give them a complete, copy-edited and corrected manuscript. But it’ll be as close as they can get, I’m sure.
I have devoured all of the Outlander series books (am waiting for the last one) and am beyond excited that Canada is picking this up.
As with any book, we all see the characters through different eyes and I do not care that the vision on the screen does not exactly match my images, as long as the script is the same as the book, I think these characters will soon work their way into our hearts.
Well done Showcase!!! Wish I knew the airing date though!
Hi Diana et al,
Just wanted to say that I adore the outlander series, have read and reread them at least 5 times and cannot wait for the next installment!
I just wondered if there had been any news on the series airing in Ireland and the UK? My sister, our friends and I have been waiting in anticipation since we heard of the possibility of the show.
Thanks a million.
No, I don’t have any news other than what I wrote. But if/when other international deals for the show are made, I’ll certainly announce them here. (I can’t imagine that the show _wouldn’t_ be on somewhere in the UK/Ireland.)
I live in the UK and don’t have Sky. Is there going to be a DVD boxset of the series that will be available in the UK? I’ve also read the series 3+ times and just finished Written in My Own Hearts Blood – a great book- love the ending. I’m glad that the 2 actors who will play Jamie and Claire are unknown to me, they seem to be ideal for the parts.
I’m sure there will eventually be DVD’s of the series–because really, do you know of _any_ TV show that isn’t produced on DVD’s? However, with luck, one or another channels in the UK will also pick up the show for regular distribution over there as well. Hope you enjoy it, however you get to see it!
Love all your books! Hope you aren’t tired of hearing this oh-so-unoriginal phrase!
I read about the TV series more than a year ago in Scottish Life magazine (Fraser clan in my heritage, which was why Outlander grabbed my attention in ’91).
Anyway, I was delighted and then disappointed because I don’t have access to STARZ channel. If you have any input as to a DVD production, please, please put in a yes-vote for fans like me.
I don’t have STARZ either and would VERY much love to see the series out on DVD.
Y’all (because this is only one of manymanymanymany similar messages) can’t seriously suppose that there won’t be DVDs of the series made available? Do y’all know ANY TV show–successful or not [g]–that doesn’t have DVDs? Why on earth would a production company say, “Oh, heck, why would we bother putting out DVDs? We don’t need to make any more money from this show, why bother?” I mean…come on. [g]
Even though I’m one of your die-hard fans, don’t think I’ll watch the series on Starz. We have all fantasized our own ideal Jamie and for me Sam Heuhan is not it. Too bad Chris Hemsworthy wasn’t considered for the part. He comes a lot closer to my ideal Jamie. As for your comment regarding his widow’s peak, that could easily have been shaved off if it was an issue.
So this is just about the looks? Couldn’t it be wortwhile to see whether Sam can act Jamie?
My strongest conviction so far has been one should really give the job to a Scot – something about being and not acting Scottish that appeals to me very much. But this is just me …
Oh, I forgot: there are aspects of the Outlander series I don’t really adore: like the titles (sorry about that). To me, they almost never fit the intelligent content inside and I never dwell on them for a long time. But they are only the first thing I get to see – it would be quite stupid of me not to give the books a chance
I just finished watching the first episode of Outlander on Starz for the second time. I am so happy it was made available on the computer for free. I do not have Starz on my TV, but I will contact my cable company and add Starz just so I can watch Outlander. I hate my cable company every time I pay my bill, but I will increase my bill for Outlander.
I really enjoyed the first episode. I like the casting, the scenery, and the writing. The actors certainly are not what I have pictured in my mind for these many years I have been reading and rereading these books, but I like what I have seen. I like that they are using actors I have never seen. I do wish Jamie could have been a little taller. The location is beautiful. The buildings, the cars, and the land are wonderful. I am glad they did not try to make this wonderful series into a movie. It just would not be possible to do justice to Diana’s work with a movie. I hope this will become a long, long running TV series that follows Diana’s work closely. I think the writing in the first episode is great.
I think the acting was great. Everyone seemed real to me. Claire is the only one I got a good feel for and I really like what the writers are doing with her.
The book series is my all time favorite and I am looking forward to the TV series becoming my all time favorite. I think Starz made a very smart move to produce this show.
I am an avid reader of all genres, but this series has been my absolute favorite by far. This series was recommended by a friend a few years ago, and I have said thank you over and over again. I have recommended the series to so many others as well.
Claire & Jamie Fraser (and the rest of the characters) have become a part of my life. I have lost sleep over them, worried about them, cried & laughed with them, etc. Many others I have spoken to agree that they become part of your world.
I have watched the first episode of Outlander on Starz twice already (once with subtitles) and am eagerly awaiting the rest of the series. If the rest of the series is as awesome as the first episode, I won’t be disappointed.
I think the casting of Jamie & Claire was right on the money. I was glad that they weren’t “famous superstars”. I actually was not familiar with either Sam or Caitriona, but they will forever be Jamie & Claire for me.
Thank you a truly wonderful series, you have brought joy to so many!
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I haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading the books, but I have a question about the small boy the vicar adopted. Is he related to Claire from the past? A great great grandson maybe?
No. But if you do read the books, you’ll find out who he is. [g]
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