‘Outlander’ Season 3 — EP Ron Moore Drops Major Hints About Casting, Locations, Premiere Date For ‘Voyager’

Season 2 of Outlander is just about finished, and fans are already looking forward to next year.

Fortunately, Ron Moore recently dished on Outlander’s Season 3, offering spoilers on casting, filming locations, and production schedules.

According to International Business Times, Starz recently announced its decision to renew Outlander for two more seasons.

The announcement came during the 25th anniversary of Diana Gabaldon’s first Outlander novel. Each of the coming seasons will continue to adapt one of Gabaldon’s books. They will be based on Voyager and Drums of Autumn.

Meanwhile, Moore revealed on Twitter that production for the new season will start as early as August.

“Late August/early September,” Moore shared in response to a filming question.

According to Enstarz, Season 3 features an array of settings, from Scotland to the Caribbean, and takes place on board a series of ships.

Outlander Executive producer Ronald D. Moore, author Diana Gabaldon and actors Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan. [Image Courtesy: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images]
Speaking of the Caribbean, Moore admitted that finding locations that are similar to Jamaica and Hispaniola will be challenging, especially considering how he wants to film the majority of the season in Scotland.

Luckily, Voyager will not include as complex a storyline as Dragonfly in Amber. Still, Morning Ledger reports that Moore is well aware of the challenges ahead.

“I can’t wait to get out to sea. That’s what [I like], doing the tall ship section … I want to do the whole sea chase; that whole section is really going to be fun… I’m sure it will be really hard and I’ll regret it as soon as I start doing it, but I’m looking forward to it.”

According to Scotland Now, Moore also answered questions regarding filming locations for the new season.

Moore revealed that Season 3 and 4 will not be filmed concurrently and was open to shooting some scenes in the U.S. At the same time, he is discussing the possibility of venturing to South Africa in order to film ships with Black Sails.

As far as when the new season will premiere, TV Guide revealed that it might come a lot sooner than Season 2.

“Outlander is a beast of a show to produce, so if we took a normal break, a regular hiatus like a normal show, we would already be behind,” Matt Roberts said during an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. “Now the fans can have it sooner than what they think. The Droughtlander won’t be as long as they expect.”

The fact that production for the new seasons is already about to start is a good sign that the filming schedule won’t be delayed. Hopefully, Moore and his crew will be able to keep on schedule and release Season 3 of Outlander in record time.

Richard Rankin as Roger and Sophie Skelton as Brianna will make their debut in the Season 2 finale and be a major part of Season 3 of 'Outlander.' [Image via Starz]
An official premiere has not been set, though fans can expect Season 3 to hit televisions at least a month or two early.

Lastly, Moore answered a few questions about casting. Although he was quite mum about casting rumors, he did share a few hints about what is in store next year.

When one fan asked Moore if adult Lord John had been cast, Moore confirmed that they haven’t cast any new characters.

“No. No casting has begun for S3/4 yet,” he wrote on Twitter.

Moore did, however, reveal which characters he was excited about casting in the coming year.

“Looking forward to Young Ian and Older Fergus,” he shared on Twitter.

As far as Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe are concerned, fans can rest assured that older versions of their characters will not be recast.

While fans wait for more casting news to surface, the Season 2 finale of Outlander, titled Dragonfly in Amber, premieres July 9 on Starz.

Tell us! Are you ready for Outlander to go to the Caribbean in Season 3? Let us know in the comments and check out some of Sam and Caitriona’s best moments below.

[Image via Starz]