Starz, in association with Sony Pictures Television, has announced today that two key roles have been cast in Outlander Season 3.
Joining Jamie’s world in the 18th century, John Bell (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) will play the role of Young Ian, a nephew of Jamie's.
Joining Claire’s world set in Boston in the 20th Century, Wil Johnson (Waking the Dead) will play her friend and medical colleague, Joe Abernathy.
Young Ian Murray is a tall, gangly Scottish lad with a heart of gold, a stubborn streak and a penchant for getting into trouble. Bursting with charm, he’s more like his adventurous, fierce uncle Jamie Fraser than his farmer father Ian – but when we meet him, he is still a very gawky boy.
However, he keeps trying to prove that he is a man and we will see him grow into quite a formidable one as the series evolves.
John Bell, 18, has been acting professionally since winning a small part in Doctor Who at age 10 by entering a competition on BBC’s Blue Peter. His career took off from there and he has been working in TV and film since that lucky start.
Joe Abernathy is a fellow doctor-in-training whom Claire befriends in medical school. Intelligent, charismatic, with a wry and irreverent sense of humor, Joe is a loyal confidant with great affection for Claire.
He puts on a good face, but he is all too aware of his place in the Civil Rights era. Joe and Claire both feel out of place in the mostly all-white, all-male medical field, which bonds them together in a life-long friendship.
Wil Johnson has a distinguished career in TV, film and theater. His TV credits include recurring roles on key British dramas such as Waterloo Road, Holby City, Cracker, Babyfather and Waking the Dead.
Book Three of will be based on the third of eight books in the Outlander series, entitled Voyager.
The third season of Outlander picks up right after Claire travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank.
Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire.
As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love.
The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… as well as new doubt.
Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other.
As always, adversity, mystery and adventure await them on the path to reunion.
And the question remains: When they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?
Do we have any doubt? Very little, of course. And it will be difficult seeing so many new relationships between Jamie and Claire that are not inclusive in their relationship.
You can watch Outlander online if you have missed any of their love story to date.
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