If, like me, youâ€™re a fan of the fantasy drama Game of Thrones or simply love Ronald D. Mooreâ€™s addictive sci-fi shows, allow me to introduce you to Outlander, a new small screen adaptation of a hugely popular time travel romance and fantasy adventure series that is to be filmed in the Scottish Highlands where the books are set.
Adapted from the critically acclaimed novels by American writer Diana Gabaldon, Outlander Â – Â published in the UK as Cross Stitch – centres around the story of nurse Claire Randall and Scottish warrior James Fraser as they meet and fall in love, using time travel to slip between 18th and 20th century Scotland.
Executive producer Ronald D. Moore, the man behind the Battlestar Galactica reboot and Star Trek, calls the show â€˜an exciting pieceâ€™ and says he is very much looking forward to filming 16 episodes in Scotland this September.
Following the phenomenal success of George R.R. Martinâ€™s Game of Thrones, the epic fantasy drama genre is clearly in demand. With over 20 million copies sold of Gabaldonâ€™s books and legions of passionate fans, Outlanderâ€™s prospects are undoubtedly running high. Even Game of Thrones star Tobias Menzies, who plays Edmure Tully, has nabbed not one but two roles on the Starz cable network and Sony Pictures Television production, as the Hollywood Reporter revealed, and will be starring alongside the Scottish actor Sam Heughan, who has recently been cast in the lead role as Jamie Fraser.
Diana Gabaldon said:
‘Oh. My. God. That man is a Scot to the bone and Jamie Fraser to the heart. Having seen Sam Heughan not just act, but be Jamie, I feel immensely grateful to the production team for their painstaking attention to the soul of the story and characters.’
To top the great news, the Breaking Badâ€™s director John Dahl, whose recent credits include Dexter, Homeland and Justified, as well as Battlestar Galactica alongside Ronald D. Moore, has signed on to direct the opening two episodes of the â€˜highly anticipatedâ€™ tv drama, Starz network confirmed.
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Here is your at-a-glance guide to some of the Scottish locations that feature in the novel:
- InvernessÂ in the Highlands, where the adventure unfolds
- Glenfinnan Monument, which marks the place where Jacobite Rising began in 1745
- Loch Ness, where Claire saw the water horse
- Edinburghâ€™s Royal Mile, where James and Claire beseech Bonnie Prince Charlie to abandon the hopeless Jacobite cause
- TheÂ National War MuseumÂ atÂ Edinburgh Castle, where youÂ can see an array of weapons and artefacts from centuries past
- Culloden Battlefield, the place where Claire and Jamie said goodbye
With its rugged landscape and stunning scenery, Scotland is a fantastic filming location and has been used for a number of famous films, including Braveheart, The Wickerman and Harry Potter, to name just a few.