For those suffering from Droughtlander, some exciting casting news might offer some relief.
Season 3 of Outlander is still months away, yet producers have announced two key characters for the new season. Which characters will be brought to life when Outlander returns to Starz in 2017?
E! Online is reporting that Cesar Domboy will play adult Fergus and Lauren Lyle was cast for the part of Marsali.
In Season 2, Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) mentored the French pickpocket.
With the series picking up some twenty years down the road, fans will be introduced to a much older version of the character.
Adult Fergus is described as a charming and good looking man who is devoutly loyal. He also isn’t afraid to fall in love and becomes an important part of Jamie’s life.
Accord to The Wrap, Marsali is the daughter of Laoghaire (Nell Hudson).
Back in the first season, a younger Marsali tried to get with Jamie by having Claire charged with witchcraft.
Now, with the years gone by, an older, a more mature Marsali will grace the show, and fans can expect her to go after whatever she wants.
Domboy is known for his work in Un Homme a la Hauteur by Laurent Tirard. The actor also appeared on The Walk opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Showtime’s hit series, The Borgias.
Lyle’s credits, meanwhile, include Consensual, where she portrayed Diane, and television series Broken, Holby City, and Radges. The actress is set to appear Jimmy McGovern’s upcoming BBC series, Broken.
Season 3 of Outlander, which is based on Diana Gabaldon’s book, Voyager, is filled with new additions.
Apart from Domboy and Lyle, Young Ian Murray will be played by John Bell, while Will Johnson will take up the role of Joe Abernathy.
In what might be the biggest casting news for the new season, David Berry will play the all-important part of Lord John Grey.
In the books, Lord John befriends Jamie in prison and becomes a central part of the main story.
Outlander will pick up following Claire’s decision to time travel back to 1948 and raise her new daughter.
Claire struggles with readjusting to her old life and spends twenty years away from Jamie.
For his part, Jamie ends up surviving the bloody Battle of Culloden but lands himself in prison shortly thereafter.
The time traveling couple will eventually reunite in Season 3 and venture off to exotic places far from their native land of Scotland.
Meanwhile, Radio Times is reporting that fans can expect the new season to stray a little bit from the books.
This includes the opening episode of Season 3, which will feature the Battle of Culloden in all of its bloody glory.
“It just felt like for the TV show, we’ve been promising this for a while and it just felt like we should have something,” executive producer Ronald D. Moore shared. “We should give the audience some sense of what happened on that moor.”
Moore added: “We’re playing it out more. [The battle was] easily one of our biggest set pieces.”
In contrast, Voyager starts out after Jamie’s fight and centers on a battle-worn Jamie who doesn’t remember what went down at Culloden.
At the same time, fans will also watch Jamie duel Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall (Tobias Menzies) in the Season 3 opener, which should offer some redemption for Jamie.
Whether or not the new season will depart from the books in other key ways is yet to be seen.
Starz has not announced an official premiere date for Season 3 of Outlander, though fans can expect Droughtlander to end sometime in early 2017.
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