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A Peek Under the Casting Kilt of 'Outlander'

June 5th 2012 14:33
There is one very important question plaguing the minds of die-hard Diana Gabaldon fans: who is going to play Jamie Fraser in the upcoming Outlander films/mini-series? Filling the boots (and swinging the sporran) of a Highland hero so vividly drawn in the minds of millions of loyal readers is no mean feat.

Outlander Casting Jamie Gabriel Aubrey
Gabriel Aubrey: doesn't fit the bill, but has potential. Image:

Here is a list of the attributes required:

- Incredibly rugged sexiness
- Elegantly refined sexiness
- Extreme height
- Red hair of a very particular shade (must be natural)
- A Scottish burr of a very particular degree (must be natural)
- The ability to pull off being ruthless, honourable, passionate, amusing, fierce, laconic, romantic, vulnerable, stoic, disturbed, and violent with a large smoked sausage, convincingly and possibly all at once

Outlander Casting Jamie
Allan Scott-Douglas: not quite there. Image: Jon Davey

Now for those not familiar with what we are discussing here, I say get ye to a bookstore quick-smart. This story is one of the most enrapturing fantasy tales of all time, and extremely realistic (considering it involves time-travel through a stone circle).

Outlander Movie Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth: Home and Away doesn't help his cause. Image:

So, back to the issue of casting about for a Jamie. Diana Gabaldon herself has said she knows not who it will be, though is partial to little-known actor, Allan Scott-Douglas, who played Jamie in the musical. I’m not entirely convinced about this, though he is much preferable to other more-famous actors whose names have been thrown out there. (Chris Hemsworth – NO, Kevin McKidd – NO, Gerard Butler – love him, but not for this).

Outlander Movie Gerard Butler
Gerard Butler: not this time. Image:

Have you read the books? Do you have any ideas about who could play Jamie? Are you a budding actor who fits the bill? (If so, please send photos for review). (Sans shirt).

Outlander Film Jamie Fraser
Kevin McKidd: red hair does not a Jamie make. Image:

The film rights to Outlander were purchased four years ago by Essential Pictures and the project is currently still in development (probably because of all the angst over Jamie). Speculation about the production is heating up of late however, so stay tuned!

Michaelie Clark
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Comment by The Rusty Can

June 9th 2012 13:01
I'm still laughing over "violent with a large smoked sausage".

Never heard of the books, but they sound very intriguing.

Thanks for the photos, Mich. Hope there are takers for the photo submission offer.

Comment by Michaelie Clark

June 16th 2012 11:21
I hope so too, Rusty!

They are great escapist books, the first time I read them I cried for several hours thereafter... If you ever see them around give them a go, I've yet to fail in converting anyone who picks one up upon my urging!

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