Starz announced today the August 9 premiere of Outlander
, a highly-anticipated original series adapted from Diana Gabaldon's international best-selling books of same name.
Executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and starring Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall Fraser, Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser, and Tobias Menzies as both Frank Randall and ancestor Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall, will air Saturdays at 9pm.
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The Outlander series spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure in one epic tale. It follows Claire Randall (Balfe), a married British combat nurse from 1945 who mysteriously falls back in time to 1743 to navigate the hidden dangers of 18th century Scotland. Forced to marry Jamie Fraser (Heughan), a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, for her own safety, she's ignited by a passion that tears her heart between her husband Frank (Menzies) and Jamie, two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Get a sneak peek of the new STARZ series Outlander below:
Diana Gabaldon's seven-book "Outlander" series about unintentional time traveler Claire Randall has enraptured readers since 1988 when Gabaldon began posting on the Books and Writers Community on Compuserve. In print it has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide and has graced the New York Times best-seller list six times. The eighth installment of the "Outlander" series titled "Written in My Own Heart's Blood" will be released June 10th, 2014.
The cast of Outlander the TV series also includes Graham McTavish (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Dougal MacKenzie, Gary Lewis (Silent Witness) as Colum MacKenzie, Lotte Verbeek (The Borgias) as Geillis Duncan, and Duncan Lacroix as Murtagh FitzGibbons Fraser.
The first two episodes of the STARZ series are written by Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore and directed by John Dahl of Dexter and Breaking Bad notoriety. Outlander is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.
The Outlander series premiere airs Saturday August 9 at 9pm on STARZ.
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