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Outlander Fans!!

Two more casting announcements have been made for the much-anticipated season 3 of the Starz drama based on the Diana Gabaldon series of books.

New Zealand actor Gary Young will play Mr. Willoughby, a Chinese man with a deep knowledge of Eastern medicine is a talented poet in exile, with an even deeper love of women. He is a confidante of Jamie Fraser (series lead Sam Heughan), speaks English well, but hides it when it suits him. He is even more of an outsider than Claire in 18th century Scotland.

Newcomer Charlie Hiett will portray British Captain Thomas Leonard, the inexperienced, by-the-book de facto captain of the Artemis. Promoted quickly due to the untimely deaths of his commanding officers, Leonard takes his job very seriously, though it weighs heavily on his young shoulders. A third lieutenant, he never thought he would be the captain of a man-of-war ship. Above all, he wants to do what is right by the British Navy — whether or not it is right by his own personal morals.

An official airdate has yet to be announced for the third season of Outlander by Starz.

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Lauren Lyle

Lauren Lyle

Outlander is adding more cast for season 3 in the form of three new young actresses. One casting announcement from last month and two from earlier this week.

First, last month’s casting announcement was for British newcomer Lauren Lyle who will play Marsali, the 18-year-old daughter of Laoghaire (Nell Hudson), who – in the third book on which the show will be based – has a “rebellious and romantic mind of her own. She knows what she wants and she goes after it — reputation and propriety be damned.”

Book readers will know that Marsali plays a prominent part in the life of adult Fergus, the adopted son of Jamie and Claire Fraser.

Tanya Reynolds (left) and Hannah James (right)

Tanya Reynolds (left) and Hannah James (right)

The casting announcements from earlier this week are for the Dunsany sisters, who play an important part in Jamie’s life – sans Claire – but I won’t spoil the exact specifics.

Actress Hannah James (Mercy Street) will play Geneva Dunsany while newcomer Tanya Reynolds will play younger sister Isobel Dunsany. Geneva is described as “beautiful (and) headstrong; spoiled and demanding. She’s used to getting exactly what she wants, but underneath that petulant exterior she’s vulnerable due to her sheltered life.” Isobel is described as “warm, friendly and genuine. She’s more likable and compassionate towards others, the opposite of her sister.”

Outlander has yet to be given an official airdate by Starz, but it is anticipated to air sometime in early 2017.

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Another casting announcement has been made for season 3 of Outlander.

Scottish actor Conor McCarry will play the adult version of Young Jamie, the oldest son of Jenny and Ian Murray. As fans know, Jenny is the sister of Jamie Fraser (series lead Sam Heughan) and Young Jamie is, of course, his uncle’s namesake. Young Jamie is also the heir of Lallybroch.

What happens with adult Young Jamie will depend on what direction season 3 of the show takes in comparison to the book “Voyager” on which the season will be based. Very few specific details are being released by Starz, naturally.

Conor has appeared in the films Anna Karenina and Battleship; and he had a role in the TV mini-series The Night Manager, which ironically included among its cast Tobias Menzies, who appears as Frank Randall and his 18th Century counterpart Black Jack Randall.

An official airdate has yet to be announced by Starz for season 3 of Outlander, but it is anticipated to air sometime in early 2017.

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OutlanderSeason 32017Gallery Photos - New CharactersPictured: Cesar Domboy

Attention Outlander Fans!

As those of you who have read the book “Voyager” – on which the third season of the Outlander series is based – you know that young, adorable Fergus (played in season two by the equally adorable Romann Berrux) is all grown up. [Surprise to those of you who have not read the book, though!]

So the question has been – who will play Adult Fergus?

The answer to that comes from the folks at Entertainment Weekly who report that French actor César Domboy (from the box office movie The Walk) will be taking on the role of “adopted” son to Jamie and Claire (series leads Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe).

Here is the official description of his character from Starz:

“Born into a brothel, Fergus has grown up into a charming, devilishly handsome man with a strong sense of loyalty and decorum, despite his unconventional upbringing. He is the ultimate romantic, wearing his heart on his sleeve and falling in and out of love easily. However, Fergus’ devotion to Jamie has never wavered, making the Frenchman an integral part of the Fraser clan. Still, his debonair demeanor masks a longing for a lasting love and a permanent sense of belonging.”

Domboy has been working in film, TV, and theater in France for years, appearing in season 2 of The Borgias.

An official airdate has yet to be announced by Starz for the much-anticipated third season of Outlander; however, rumor has it that April 2017 just might be when the show returns.

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It was announced earlier today that two pivotal roles for the upcoming third season of Outlander were filled.

First, young actor John Bell (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) will play Young Ian Murray, the nephew of Jamie Fraser (series lead Sam Heughan).

Young Ian is a tall, gangly Scottish lad with a heart of gold, a stubborn streak and a penchant for getting into trouble. Bursting with charm, he’s more like his adventurous, fierce uncle Jamie than his farmer father Ian — but when we meet him, he is still a very gawky boy. However, he keeps trying to prove that he is a man and we will see him grow into quite a formidable one as the series evolves.

And, actor Wil Johnson (Waking the Dead) will play Joe Abernathy, the friend and medical colleague of Claire Randall (series lead Caitriona Balfe).

Joe is a fellow doctor-in-training whom Claire befriends in medical school. Intelligent, charismatic, with a wry and irreverent sense of humor, Joe is a loyal confidant with great affection for Claire. He puts on a good face, but he is all too aware of his place in the Civil Rights era. Joe and Claire both feel out of place in the mostly all-white, all-male medical field, which bonds them together in a lifelong friendship.

The third season picks up right after Claire travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… as well as new doubt. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other.

Thanks to the folks at Variety for the above details.  Outlander does not have an official airdate on Starz yet, but it’s anticipated to back in early 2017.

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David Berry

Australian actor David Berry (best known down under as James Bligh on A Place to Call Home, but new to American audiences) has landed the role of Lord John Grey in season three of Outlander.

As readers of the tome on which the show is based [that would be the third book in the franchise, “Voyager,”], Grey is the former British soldier-turned-Ardsmuir Prison governor who strikes up a dubious friendship with the incarcerated Jamie Fraser (series lead Sam Heughan).

Lord John Grey is described as:

“A steadfast and honorable British subject, torn between a finely-honed sense of familial duty and a strong moral compass of right and wrong. He is boyishly handsome with an upper class rearing — the consummate gentleman. However, a scandal from his past has relegated Lord John to an undesirable position as governor of a desolate prison in Northern Scotland.”

The third season will pick up right after Claire travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank. Back in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other.

Outlander has yet to receive an official air date by Starz, but it’s expected back in 2017. [Source: Entertainment Weekly]

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The folks over at TV Line, posted the casting details earlier today for NBC‘s upcoming drama series Emerald City that will take a whole new look at Dorothy Gale and her trip to the land of Oz. Given the fact that I love to play casting agent, I’ve come up with my own ideas on who should play the roles.

It is too early to say who will actually be cast or how good (or bad) this new drama will be, but the show is set for the 2014-2015 TV season, but has yet to be given a timeslot.

Here are the descriptions of the characters followed by my casting choices:

Danielle Savre

Danielle Savre

DOROTHY GALE

A natural, and not waify, beauty scarred by past experiences, Dorothy has patched a life together for herself despite the fact that she sells herself short. Outward insecurity and lack of self awareness hide the savior/survivor that she will discover she truly is.

My Casting Choice: Danielle Savre who played doomed cheerleader Jackie Wilcox on Heroes, also appeared in the failed Supernatural: Bloodlines pilot. She has also appeared in Summerland, Grounded for Life and the short-lived MTV drama Kaya.

Haley Webb

Haley Webb

WEST

This 30something femme is a corruptive — and fearsome — force of nature, a drugged-out virtuoso filled with self-loathing. She’s equal parts compelling and unsettling.

My Casting Choice: Haley Webb, best known for her role of Jennifer Blake on Teen Wolf, has also appeared in episodes of Shark, Close to Home and Beauty And the Beast.

Genevieve Padalecki

Genevieve Padalecki

NORTH

In her 30s or 40s, this Type-A manipulative perfectionist has a bit of a “big sister” relationship to West.

My Casting Choice: Genevieve (Cortese) Padalecki had the lead role in the ABC Family drama Wildfire, but is best known for role of Ruby on Supernatural. She also appeared in the short-lived drama FlashForward.

Robbie Amell

Robbie Amell

HENRY

The series’ male romantic lead, this handsome and well-built gent presents a seemingly open nature that belies a bit of a past.

My Casting Choice: Robbie Amell, best know for his role of Stephen Jameson on the short-lived The Tomorrow People, he has also appeared in True Jackson VP, Alcatraz and Revenge.

Gideon Emery

Gideon Emery

THE WIZARD

On the exterior, this 40something male is a charismatic and politically astute leader, earnest in his beliefs and intentions but also an “ends justify the means” sort. His showmanship however conceals a dangerous, and perhaps deadly, seriousness.

My Casting Choice: Gideon Emery is probably best known for playing Deucalion on Teen Wolf, but he has also had roles in the short-lived Last Resort, NCIS, True Blood, Moonlight, The Mentalist, Castle and Burn Notice. He has also lent his voice to countless video games such as Final Fantasy and Star Wars.

Jason Dohring

Jason Dohring

EAMONN

The Wizard’s right-hand man is unquestioningly loyal. A strong, silent type.

My Casting Choice: Jason Dohring, who is best known for his roles of Logan Echolls on Veronica Mars and Josef Kostan on Moonlight, has also appeared in episodes of Roswell, JAG, Judging Amy and Ringer.

Sammi Hanratty

Sammi Hanratty

TIP

All of 15 and harboring a secret past, this lass is undergoing the discomfort of discovering her sexuality.

My Casting Choice: Sammi Hanratty, best known for her roles of Young Chuck on Pushing Daisies and Jenny Gerhardt on The Unit, has also been seen in episodes of Mad Men, Rizzoli & Isles, Chosen and Salem.

Cody Christian

Cody Christian

JACK

Tip’s neighbor and closest friend, an adventurous and energetic teen.

My Casting Choice: Cody Christian has had a recurring role on Pretty Little Liars, playing Mike Montgomery, but he has also appeared in Lab Rats and Body of Proof.

Kevin Durand

Kevin Durand

OJO

A member of the Munja’kin, a primitive and isolated cross-pollinated culture, this stoic and fearsome man (mid-30s to early 40s) is rather unsympathetic to Dorothy’s plight.

My Casting Choice: Kevin Durand, who appeared as Joshua on Dark Angel and Martin Keamy on Lost, has also appeared in I Am Number Four, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Winter’s Tale.

Johnny Sequoyah

Johnny Sequoyah

SYLVIA

A “good mimic” is sought to play this odd, feral and haunted 10-year-old.

My Casting Choice: Johnny Sequoyah, who made her TV debut in the short-lived series Believe.

After reading the description of the show and the characters who will play in that world, what actors/actresses would you like to see star in Emerald City? Please share your thoughts.

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