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Everything we know about the “Outlander” prequel “Blood of My Blood”

From casting announcements to plot details, we round up all the news about the highly anticipated "Outlander" prequel.

Outlander is dead, long live Blood of My Blood.

Though the Starz mothership series Outlander is nearing its close (season 8 will be its last), there will still be more Highland drama for loyal Sassenachs. Outlander: Blood of My Blood will be a prequel series to the beloved historical drama, following the parents of Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and their respective love stories in both 18th-century Scotland and World War I-era England.

Here's everything we know about Outlander: Blood of My Blood.

<p>Sony Pictures</p> Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe on 'Outlander'

Sony Pictures

Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe on 'Outlander'

The Team

Much of the original Outlander creative team will continue on with Blood of My Blood. Matthew B. Roberts, the current co-showrunner of the mothership series, will write and oversee the prequel.

“We’re thrilled to be telling the stories of these two couples," Roberts said in a statement. "The origins of their relationships explore universal themes that transcend time periods and we’re so excited for fans to discover and fall in love with these characters and their love stories the way they have with Claire and Jamie."

Maril Davis and Ronald D. Moore, who developed the original Outlander for television, will both executive produce. Author Diana Gabaldon, who wrote the books that inspired the series, will serve as a consulting producer.

The Cast

The core cast for the series, as well as some of the supporting characters, have been announced. Harriet Slater (Pennyworth) will portray Jamie's mother Ellen Mackenzie opposite Jamie Roy (Condor's Nest) as Jamie's father, Brian Fraser. Their love story will take place in 18th-century Scotland, preceding the events of Outlander.

<p>Gerry McCabe</p> Harriet Slater

Gerry McCabe

Harriet Slater
<p>Kristia Knowles</p> Jamie Roy

Kristia Knowles

Jamie Roy

Additionally, in a new addendum to the series from what was first announced, the prequel will also follow the love story of Claire's parents in World War I-era England. Hermione Corfield (The Road Dance) and Jeremy Irvine (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) will tackle the roles of Julia Moriston and Henry Beauchamp.

Hermione Corfield
Hermione Corfield
Jeremy Irvine
Jeremy Irvine

Many of the supporting characters will also be younger versions of beloved faces from Outlander. Rory Alexander will play a younger version of Duncan LaCroix's Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser, Jamie's beloved cousin, while Sam Retford will portray headstrong future war chieftain Dougal MacKenzie (a role originated by Graham McTavish, who now appears on Men In Kilts with star Sam Heughan).

<p>East Photography</p> Rory Alexander

East Photography

Rory Alexander
<p>Sanne Gault</p> Sam Retford

Sanne Gault

Sam Retford

The MacKenzie clan will also feature a younger iteration of future laird Colum MacKenzie as portrayed by Séamus McLean Ross. Faithful advisor Ned Gowan will also make an appearance, played here by Conor MacNeil. Gary Lewis and Bill Paterson originally portrayed the older versions of Colum and Ned.

<p>Clare Park</p> Seamus McLean Ross

Clare Park

Seamus McLean Ross
<p>Will Bremridge</p> Conor MacNeil

Will Bremridge

Conor MacNeil

“We are thrilled to expand our season 1 cast with some well-known characters from the Outlander universe," Roberts said in a statement. "We’re so excited to welcome Rory, Sam, Séamus, and Conor to the MacKenzie and Fraser clans and to explore the young journeys of these fan-favorite characters."

<p>Alan McLean</p> Brian McCardie

Alan McLean

Brian McCardie

The cast will also include members of the extended families of the Highland clans who intersect with the lives of Brian Fraser and Ellen MacKenzie. Brian McCardie (Rob Roy) has signed on to portray the leader of Clan Grant, one Isaac Grant.

<p>Harry Livingstone</p> John Lumsden

Harry Livingstone

John Lumsden

Jhon Lumsden will also join the Grant family as Isaac's son Malcolm, a potential suitor for Ellen MacKenzie.

<p>Sasha Gustov</p> Sara Vickers

Sasha Gustov

Sara Vickers

Viewers will also get to meet Jamie Fraser's grandmother, Davina Porter, who will be portrayed by Sara Vickers (Watchmen). Davina is a housekeeper in the Lovat household and the mother of Brian Fraser.

<p>courtesy starz</p> Peter Mullan

courtesy starz

Peter Mullan

Much of the action will circle around Clan MacKenzie, which will be led by Red Jacob MacKenzie. Peter Mullan (Ozark) will play the MacKenzie Laird, who is the father of Ellen, Jamie's mother, and the father of other notable MacKenzies seen in the Outlander series, including Dougal, Colum, Janet, and Jocasta.

When It's Filming

Production for Outlander: Blood of My Blood began in Scotland in early 2024, and its schedule will partially overlap with filming for the final season of Outlander.

Episode Count and Release Date

Outlander: Blood of My Blood will have a 10-episode first season. No release date has been announced yet.

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