Spoiler Alert: This Outlander news contains spoilers for all-aired episodes of Outlander, but may also come as a surprise for those who have not already read the books. Read with caution!
According to E! News, Outlander is seeking its Brianna. For those who have read the books you'll recognize this as the name of Jamie and Claire's daughter! According to the post, it appears the show will indeed be looking to follow closely to the books...sort of!
The show described Brianna as:
...a young 20-something American who's “strong-minded, intelligent beyond her years with an effortless charm and sparkling sense of humor (traits inherited from both her mother and father). She also has a scholastic mindset, with a healthy dose of American strength, having been born and bred in Boston under the watchful eye of professor and historian Frank Randall.”
For more on the physical type, the call is looking for a tall, red-head with high cheekbones and blue eyes—sound like anyone we know? Like father, like daughter! Once Claire returns to 1940s England, however, it'll be Frank who takes on the father duties...and young Brianna who takes on Frank's name! For those who have read the books, this comes as no surprise...what may come as a surprise is the timeline shifts the show will be making, in that Brianna will be following Claire back to (1700s) Scotland during Season 2—an event which does not happen until book 4. What do you think of this shift in the story?
Back in 2011, Rachel Hyland fantasy cast Outlander, and while none of her picks were in the final cast, we do have to say, one of the picks could still be in the running—Karen Gillan as Brianna, anyone? Who would you like to see in the role? What do you think of the show continuing on with the 20-year time hop?
Update 8/27/15: Sam Heughan doesn't seem opposed to the idea of Karen Gillan joining Outlander as Brianna. Okay, that might be a stretch, but if he has her on his radar, then maybe so will the casting directors! Check out this tweet from this morning: