Tobias Menzies (‘Edmure Tully’ in Game of Thrones, ‘Marcus Junios Brutus’ in Rome) has landed the dual roles of Frank Randall and Jonathan ‘Black Jack’ Randall in Starz’ new series, Outlander. Based on Diana Gabaldon’s bestsellers, Outlander will be shooting in Scotland this year and arriving on Starz next year. Battlestar Galactica‘s Ronald D. Moore is adapting the books and executive producing the series.
The cast also includes Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser.
It follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Frank Randall is Claire’s 20th century husband and a professional historian with a deep interest in the 18th century and his own genealogy. Frank and Claire are reunited in 1945, after being separated by the war. They are rekindling their relationship when Claire suddenly disappears. Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall is Frank’s ancestor from the 18th century. A Captain in the English Army posted into Scotland during a time when rebellion was rife. The nickname is no mistake, while Black Jack Randall may look striking similar, he is nothing like the gentle, bookish Frank; he is a dark, violent man who will take what he wants at any cost.
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