Outlander has found its Roger in Scottish actor Richard Rankin.
Rankin will play the grown-up version of Rev. Wakefield’s adopted son, whom we met in Season 1.
Described as “intelligent, kindhearted and charming,” Roger was raised by the pastor after his parents died in World War II. When we meet him, he is a professor at Oxford who is very interested in history.
In addition to the Bradley Cooper film Burnt, Rankin’s credits include XIII, From Darkness and The Syndicate. He also appeared in two episodes of American Odyssey.
Rankin tweeted his excitement after the announcement was made:
Spoiler alert: If you haven’t read the Diana Gabaldon novels on which the Starz series is based, and you don’t want to be spoiled about what’s ahead, avert your eyes now.
Season 2 likely will follow the format of Gabaldon’s Dragonfly in Amber, which opens in 1968 with a decades-long time jump that re-introduces Roger as a scholar in his late 20s. The older Roger then becomes acquainted with Claire… and her fetching, 20-something daughter, Brianna. Roger becomes a major player in the books moving forward.
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