Saturday, 29 June 2013

My Outlander TV Series Casting Prediction

The recent bout of news regarding the Outlander TV series is nothing short of miraculous considering just how long we have all waited to see Jamie, Claire etc on our TV screens but we are still waiting that vital piece of information regarding exactly who will be cast in the role of Jamie Fraser and the rest of the characters who we love so much! Whilst we are waiting I thought I'd but my head on the block to so speak and tell everyone what my predictions are!

Jamie Fraser - He'll be a unknown actor who has had a few small parts in UK TV but is largely unrecognizable to most Outlander fans. He'll either be Scottish, Irish or English but definitely not American or Australian. He'll see Outlander as a massive stepping stone to jump start his career.

Claire Beauchamp - She will be better known that the actor who plays Jamie but still not an actress who is internationally famous. She'll definitely be English and will have worked on some larger British productions, probably period dramas. She probably won't be one of the multitude of actresses who have been thought of for the part but we'll all be fine with the choice once we think carefully about it. 

Frank Randall/Black Jack Randall - I have the feeling that this role will be taken by a more well known actor who we have all heard of.  There has to be some big names to grab the viewers attention and I'm thinking perhaps the Frank/BJR role will be given to someone such as Richard Armitage or even John Barrowman.

Dougal and Colum McKenzie -  I think this is where we will see the big names! I'm thinking of actors such Sean Bean and Dougray Scott to really bring a bit of experience and quality to the TV show. Even though the characters aren't always at the centre of the action they need someone who is convincing and a strong male actor will do this. 

Rev. Wakefield - Again I think they will put someone with experience in the role of Rev. Wakefield. Someone of the ilk of Jim Broadbent or another household name who will add experience to the mix. 

I am probably completely wrong but I have complete faith in the casting company and the writers to do an excellent job of choosing exactly who will fit the roles perfectly. They may not all be physically how we have imagined the characters to look but hopefully if they are talented enough when carrying out their job we will all be convinced! If they are talented enough they can become the characters!

However, one thing which I am sure of is that Jamie will not be played by either Chris Hemsworth or Gerard Butler! Chris Hemsworth is a huge Hollywood star and it would be impossible for him to tie himself up with a long running TV series and Gerard Butler could never, under any circumstances manage to make himself look so young! 

  [The image above isn't really relevant but I really love it! The image of Jamie is pretty much how I imagine him to look so I would be highly delighted if the chosen actor was similar to him - Original fanart can be found here]

Edited to add: I'm voting for Freya Mavor as Leoghaire! 


liljan98 said...

I'm with you in thinking that the main cast won't be "big" names, but rather young and rather unknown to the larger audience actors and actresses. I'm fine with that, I'd rather see somebody new as Jamie and Claire than to have to have someone I know from other parts do this part. It might be hard to me to really see them as Claire/Jamie, if you know what I mean.

Gerard Butler could make a great Dougal, I think. But I guess we'll just have to wait and see (for not that much longer, hopefully)

Danielle said...

Yes, I think this will be a majority cast of unknowns. I think Ronald D. Moore has a habit of casting brilliant unknowns who go on to wonderful things. While I never watched the series, I do know that 'Battlestar Galactica' was constantly praised for its great ensemble cast - and that show was going up against HUGE fan expectation, that far exceeded the fandom. So, that's a good sign.

I have long said that I'd like to see Ian Murray played by David Tennant.

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Anonymous said...

OMG Richard Armitage would be fantastic as Frank/BJR! But it's true, I would hate to have that beautiful face ruined for me by BJR.