Finally! Today it was announced that Caitriona Balfe will appear as Claire Randall in the original series Outlander, based on Diana Gabaldon’s series. Outlander will air on Starz in 2014, and is being written and produced by Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore.
About Balfe, Moore comments: “The casting of Claire Randall was a long and difficult one because the role is so crucial to the success of our show. Outlander is told from Claire's point of view and we experience the entire story through her eyes, so it was vital that we find exactly the right actor to play her. Caitriona wasn't on anyone's radar, she wasn't on any list, but when we saw her audition tape, we immediately knew she was someone special. Then, after we had her read with Sam, we knew we'd found our Claire. At its heart, Outlander is the story of two people—Claire and Jamie—their loves and losses, their adventures and tragedies, and now we finally have them both." (Read the full press release here.)
Balfe will play Claire alongside previously cast Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser. Other announced cast members include Tobias Menzies (Frank Randall/Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall), and Graham McTavish (Dougal MacKenzie).
Are you as excited as we are that Claire will be played by an unknown? Much of the cast of Battlestar Galactica was also unknown at the time (including Tricia Helfer, previously best known as a supermodel, who completely OWNED the role of Number Six), and they gave some pretty brilliant performances.
Now just to see Claire and Jamie together for the first time!