Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New cast of characters and their parts on the show, some in their costumes.


Season 1 of "Outlander" wrapped up on May 30, but already has its eyes on the second season of the Starz drama.

Although it seems like forever before fans will see Jamie and Claire together again, there is juicy "Outlander" news to tide everyone over before the next chapter of the series begins. Knowing that the show's fans want to be kept in the loop during the Droughtlander, Zap2it has put together a guide for all things Season 2. Here's what's known so far.

  • Enter the ex-girlfriend: French actress Margaux Chatelier has been cast as Jamie's Parisian former love Annalise de Marillac, TVLine reports. That should make for an interesting dynamic when Jamie brings his wife to Paris.

  • Checkmate: Jamie will find a worthy chess adversary in Joseph Duverney, Louis XV's Minister of Finance. The role will be played by Marc Duret, according to TVLine.

  • As you wish, Your Highness: Andrew Gower (left in the above photo) is set to play the exiled Bonnie Prince Charlie, a.k.a. Prince Charles Edward Stuart, the young heir to the Catholic royal dynasty who's eyeing a return to the throne. 

  • We have a healer, folks: Dominque Pinon has been cast as Master Raymond, a mysterious healer who keeps his ear to the ground and dabbles in the occult. He and Claire form a special bond while she is in Paris. 

  • Bottoms up: Jared Fraser, Jamie's cousin who runs a wine business in France, will be played by Robert Cavanah. While in France, Claire and Jamie stay with Jared and help him run his business. 

  • Bottoms up, Part 2: Stanley Weber will portray Le Comte St. Germain, a French nobleman and rival of Jared's in the wine import business. After Claire costs him a shipload of goods, he has nothing but revenge on his mind. 

  • You've got to pick-a-pocket or two: Fergus, a young French pickpocket who is loyal to the Frasers, will be played by Romann Berrux

  • Sweet, sweet Mary: Mary Hawkins, a young Englishwoman with a stammer who is the daughter of a minor baronet and the niece of Silas Hawkins, will be portrayed by Rosie Day (right in the above photo). Mary is engaged to a member of the French nobility, but her life decisions are often decided for her by her elders. 

  • Black Jack has a family: Season 2 of the Starz drama will introduce Black Jack's younger brother, Alex. TheWrap reports Laurence Dobiesz will portray Alex Randall, a much sweeter, less sadistic version of his older brother. In the series he acts as a curate and secretary for the Duke of Sandringham, a character introduced in Season 1 who is played by Simon Callow.

And a lot of story changes

  • There's a premiere date ... kind of: Filming is already underway, and the goal is to have the second season premiere in 2016 with a straight run of at least 13 episodes. 

  • New season, new book: Season 2 of the series will be based on Diana Gabaldon's second book of the series, "Dragonfly in Amber." 

  • Oui, oui mon ami: Thanks to the Season 1 finale, fans know that Claire and Jamie are heading to Paris in Season 2. (Although, they'll still film in Scotland.) 

  • Is that a gray hair I see?: A time jump of about 20 years is coming at some point in Season 2, and instead of casting new actors, "Outlander" is going to age up Balfe and Heughan

  • The costumes are getting a makeover: "It'll look totally different,"showrunner Ron Moore told Zap2it. "It's a whole new wardrobe, it's a whole new color palette, it's different fabrics. Now you're dealing with the court of Louis XV, you're dealing with French aristocracy. It's Paris, it's an urban environment, it was the fashion leader of the time. Literally we've created an entire new wardrobe for the show." 

  • Less love and more fighting: "Dragonfly in Amber" is more politically charged than the first "Outlander" book, which means Claire and Jamie's undying love for each other is going to have to take a back seat to literal fighting. The two will have to work to stop the Battle of Culloden -- the ultimate battle that ended the Jacobite Rising and altered Scotland forever -- from taking place. 

But not everything will be different

  • Well, hello there again: Both Geillis Duncan (Lotte Verbeek) and Claire's present-day husband Frank (Tobias Menzies) will appear in Season 2. As for whether Menzies will also return as the recently trampled Black Jack ... well, you'll have to wait and see.

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