Starz has just cast a pivotal role in season two and beyond of Outlander. The network took to Twitter to break the news to fans that Scottish actor Richard Rankin will play Roger Wakefield in the second season which will premiere in Spring 2016. Roger is described as “intelligent, kindhearted, and charming.” Per Starz: “Roger is the grown up version of Reverend Wakefield’s adorable adopted son we met in Season One. After his parents died in World War II, Roger was raised by the Reverend (with help from his housekeeper, Mrs. Graham) and is a proud Scot through and through. Now a professor at Oxford, Roger has a keen interest in history, and all the secrets and insight it presents.”
Season two is now shooting in Scotland. Season one just received three Golden Globe nominations in the Best Television Series – Drama, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television categories.
Rankin, who was born in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, was recently seen in the dramatic film Burnt with Bradley Cooper. His other credits include The Syndicate, The Crimson Field, American Odyssey, and From Darkness.
The Outlander Season Two Plot:
Season Two of Outlander begins as Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) arrive in France, hell-bent on infiltrating the Jacobite rebellion led by Prince Charles Stuart, and stopping the battle of Culloden. With the help of his cousin Jared, a local wine merchant, Jamie and Claire are thrown into the lavish world of French society, where intrigue and parties are abundant, but political gain proves far less fruitful. Altering the course of history presents challenges that begin to weigh on the very fabric of their relationship. However, armed with the knowledge of what lies ahead, Claire and Jamie must race to prevent a doomed Highland uprising, and the extinction of Scottish life as they know it.