UPDATED: Sam Heughan (Maybe Not) Cast as Jamie Fraser in Outlander

Sam HeughanHere’s the news you’ve been worried about, Outlander fans: Starz just tweeted that the lead role of Jamie Fraser will played by Scottish (thank goodness) actor Sam Heughan (Doctors, Any Human Heart).


Thoughts??? I don’t think I’ve seen him in anything.

UPDATE: Starz has deleted the tweet, and according to TVLine, “.@Starz_Channel rep says there is ‘no deal’ for Sam @Heughan to play Jamie Fraser in #OutlanderSTARZ series.” So. We’ll see.

  • Rachel

    He has the face shape and eyes. I assume they’ll take care of the hair. If he’s really tall and can act, I think he’ll be fine. 🙂 It’s been so long since I used to mentally cast these roles that the actresses I used to have in mind for Claire (Emma Thompson, Jennifer Ehle) are all now suitable only for the role in the later books when she’s in her 40s and 50s. So I’m interested to see that casting. 🙂

    • Kate

      Ah, good point! It will be interesting to see if the show lasts long enough for them to recast the roles as the characters age.

  • Rachel

    re: Claire: how old is Emma Watson now? I’d love to see Carey Mulligan do it but I honestly think it’s too… cheap? a role for her. Emily Blunt would also do beautifully. Really I don’t think there’s a chance that it will be any of these… we’re talking about a Starz miniseries, here. But this is how fans amuse themselves, right? 🙂

    • Kate

      Emma Watson is 23. Hm, Emily Blunt WOULD do well.

      • Rachel

        Except she has blue eyes. I suppose that’s what colored contacts are for. 🙂