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Outlander Cast, EP Ron Moore Lift the Kilt on Starz's Time-Travel Drama

Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, the wait for Starz’s small-screen adaptation of the time-travel/historical romance novels is nearly over. (And if Jamie could wait all that time for Claire, you’ll probably be OK until Aug. 9, no?)

Still, we know how verra much you want behind-the-scenes details on the upcoming drama, so Michael Ausiello corralled executive producer Ron Moore, Gabaldon and stars Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies (Game of Thrones), Lotte Verbeek (The Borgias) and Graham McTavish in TVLine’s San Diego Comic-Con interview suite.

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In the video above, Gabaldon mentions a popular fellow novelist who gave her advice on the venture, Verbeek talks about why she’s the wrong person to play the mysterious Geillis Duncan, Balfe relates a story about a fortuitous sign received just before her audition and Heughan… well, Heughan is James Fraser.

Press PLAY to hear it all, plus the clan’s take on being welcomed into the “big family” that is the Outlander fandom.

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12 Comments
  1. CourtTV says:

    The other author tidbit was interesting. Let’s hope Diana has it easier.

  2. Juju says:

    The book came out in, what, 1985? Isn’t it a little late to do a series now?

    I think Diana Gabaldon comes off pretty pretentious in this interview. Yeah, sure, Outlander and A Prayer for Owen Meany are so much alike.

    • sm says:

      Actually, the first book was released in the early 90’s. The 8th book was just released last month. The series has sold over 25 million copies world wide.

    • B says:

      Disagree with your statements altogether. The book series is ongoing (the first was published in 1991; comparatively, A Game of Thrones was published in 1996), and the material takes place largely in the 18th century so there’s no issue of timeliness.

      Diana Gabaldon’s comments were only about the experience of having written work translated into film/television and how badly that can go. Nowhere did she compare her work to anyone else’s. As she stated, John Irving is a friend and so she knew his experience in particular, that’s all.

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      I’m glad this series is getting so much attention. The previews look fantastic, and I can’t wait to see it!

    • sm says:

      Oh, and she has been on the NY Times Best Seller list 6 times.

    • tacoma_gal says:

      Well gosh, by your standards we shouldn’t have made a movie about Lord of the Rings, nor The Hobbit.

    • Char says:

      Late to do a series set in the 1940s/1740s? I don’t get it.

      • So no one is supposed to do period stuff? I guess that means Downton Abbey, Vikings, Penny Dreadful, Turn, Reign, The Musketeers should all pack it in and go home…..

  3. Kayline says:

    I am so looking forward to this series, the cast and producers are both intelligent and charming, just discovered the series and am totally sold……so far… and there’s Jamie Fraser plus an assertive heroine that doesn’t bug the heck out of me.

  4. Daniela Lippke says:

    That’s a great team for a great project! To bring alive one of the greatest stories of the last decades! Hope for Mo(o)re seasons! The whole story about Claire and Jamie must be told! The dream of millions of fans will come true.

  5. Ally Oop says:

    Only about 4 more weeks to go…sigh…why can’t American and Canadian channels sync up their series so we can watch them all at the same time? Now Im gonna have to waste an hour ungeoblocking every time I want to see a new episode. I refuse to wait

  6. christine says:

    Squee!

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