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‘Outlander’ Prequel Sets Core Cast, Begins Filming

The prequel series to Starz’s Outlander has found its lead actors and is heading into production.

Filming has begun in Scotland on Outlander: Blood of My Blood, a show that will focus on the parents of the leads in the main series. Starz previously said the prequel would center on Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) mother and father; the premium cabler now confirms that Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) parents will also be part of the story.

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Harriet Slater (Pennyworth) and Jamie Roy (Lifetime’s Your Boyfriend Is Mine) will play Ellen MacKenzie and Brian Fraser, who will eventually become Jamie’s parents in 18th century Scotland. Hermione Corfield (We Hunt Together) and Jeremy Irvine (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) will play Julia Moriston and Henry Beauchamp, Claire’s parents, whose story unfolds in World War I-era England.

“We’re thrilled to be telling the stories of these two couples,” said Matthew B. Roberts, showrunner of both Outlander and Blood of My Blood. “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.”

As for the main series, the second half of Outlander’s seventh season is set to air later this year (the first eight episodes ran in the summer of 2023), setting up the show’s eighth and final installment.

Starz began developing Blood of My Blood in early 2022 and gave it a formal series order in January 2023, at the same time it announced Outlander would end with season eight. As is the case with the main series, the prequel comes from Sony Pictures Television. Roberts executive produces with Ronald D. Moore and Maril Davis (via their Tall Ship Productions), who developed Outlander for TV. Story Mining & Supply Company also exec produces. Diana Gabaldon, whose novels are the source material for Outlander, is a consulting producer.

Slater is repped by The Artists Partnership UK and Untitled US. Roy is with Patrick Hambleton Management in London and Cohesive Entertainment Group in Los Angeles.

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