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Does This First Look At Jamie From The New 'Outlander' Series Make You Want To Rip Your Bodice Off?

By Joanna Robinson | Trade News | October 25, 2013 | Comments ()


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In case you didn’t know, the fandom for Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander book series is big. Huge, in fact. And quite rabid. The series of time-traveling (yes), bodice-ripping (yes), kilt-lifting (oh, yup) novels are being turned into a TV series for STARZ that will be helmed by, of all people, Ron Moore of Battlestar Galactica fame. The series will, no doubt, aim to capture some of the fandom from that other sword-heavy TV series based on popular genre novels.

But as the rabid Gabaldonians know, a lot hinges on the actor they hired to play Jamie Fraser, the Scottish nobleman who throws gum in the works of the life of time-traveler (YES, I KNOW), Claire Randall. So, here’s your first look at him. What do you think?

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Honestly, he looks a bit foppish to me. I think it’s the wig. Also? Not nearly enough knee showing. You’ll have to step it up, Outlander, if you want to keep up with Game Of Thrones. What do you think, Outlander fans, is this the Jamie you’ve been waiting for? I’ll let you think over your response while watching this (long) behind-the-scenes feature from NYCC.

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  • competitivenonfiction

    I'm not sure they're getting the reaction they want. I can't stop giggling when I see this photo.

  • KC

    The only thing I know about this book is that Jessica St Clair, playing a crazy 15 year old girl named Marissa Wompler (Womp It Up!), did a ridiculous reading of it on the Comedy Bang Bang podcast.

  • tereliz

    You, sir, are no Jamie Fraser.

  • PerpetualIntern

    WHY ISNT HE A GINGER?!?!

  • Glory

    I think that photo might not be allowing the ginger to shine - the actor has posted photos that seem to indicate they are going full ginger :)

  • Glory

    And while I don't think this is remotely official, I'd be pleased to see it :)

  • aurora50

    THAT is more like it!

  • While he doesn't look "right" to me, he also doesn't look entirely "wrong". It's all going to come down to how he actually acts.

  • the other courtney

    I am a rabid fan, however I am not insane. I compare it to liking Star Trek but not going so far as to learn how to speak Klingon.

    There is so much absurd, passionate, STFU drama around the casting... I don't remember this being the case with GoT. I mentioned this to Mr. theothercourtney and (in a smugasshole tone) he explained, "The fan base wasn't made up entirely of women. Y'all fixate and dream cast and take it all so personally. Like someone stole your imaginary boyfriend."

    I will be sure to throw his words right back in his face during the NFL draft.

    MY POINT IS it will be a cool show to watch if it's done the right way. Balls to whether this dude has the right shade of red hair, the shape of the mountain pass to Lallybroch as described in the book is EXACTLY the same onscreen or if the story is even slightly plausible to begin with.

  • tereliz

    In the wake of 50 Shades casting, I think Mr. Theothercourtney may have a small point, loathe as I am to admit it...

  • the other courtney

    It's embarrassing! The lusty, desperate Twilightesque hysteria taints us all by association. I get being a fan. I get finding a book/movie that for whatever reason flicks an internal switch. But the cultish appropriation borders on psychotic in some of the posts I've seen.

    The stinker is that because the Outlander fans are mostly women, it becomes a comedy of hormones. When some (many) Star Wars fans shit a brick over that one movie with the Rastafarian muppet, not all fans or people who saw the movie were lumped together into the "too crazy to live" category. But this... One chick wears a "I Heart JAMF" t-shirt and we all get tagged as delusional has-been Tweens.

  • Mrs. Julien

    The folks on the Gabaldon page are ca -ray-cray-zee.

    Is some of that like the excitement around the Lord of the Rings movies though? Like a particular group is soooo excited to finally be getting its day?

    Plausability's got nothing to do with it.

  • Cree83

    I know it's period accurate and all, but what the hell kind of series is this where a dude beats the crap out of his wife and is the HERO of the story? But that's not even why I gave up on the first book three quarters of the way through. I gave up because I was so, so, SO bored. I am therefore curious to watch this series, because maybe they'll edit out enough bloat that I can finally see why in the world someone recommended the books to me.

  • the other courtney

    The devil is in the details with this series. I remember reading passages that seemingly droned on, waxing poetic about something or someone, wondering what/why/HELLO IS THERE A POINT TO THIS?? Then two books later, HOLY POINT!

  • Mrs. Julien

    Because a. 1743, b. extenuating circumstances, and c. she very soon thereafter pulls a knife on him and explains very clearly that it will never happen again, 1743, extenuating circumstances, or not. They are going to have to have both of those incidents within the same episode though.

  • Cree83

    The fact that she pulls a knife on him for beating her explains why she's the heroine, not why he's the hero.

    And it's not that I don't get the context of the time period. Despite the fact that it fits with the character and time period, that doesn't mean I should be encouraged to ROOT for the guy.

  • Mrs. Julien

    SPOILERS, VAGUE SPOILERS

    My only answer to your question would be a ramble ending with the acknowledgement that everyone has different tastes. I thought Jamie was a fantastic character. At the end of the first book, he essentially sells his soul for Claire.

    I do agree there is bloat and there will need to be streamlining.

  • Cree83

    Again, the bloat was really my main problem with it, despite my negative reaction to Jaime. So I am interested in seeing this on screen, because the concept is still cool, and maybe if the show can strip away the inessentials and just get down to the basic story, it 'll be something I can enjoy the hell out of.

    I don't know about Starz, though. I did NOT like the Pillars of the Earth adaptation.

  • Re: the hair, as a brunette who has a deep desire for that glorious Emma Stone red, the only way to achieve that is to completely strip the original color out of your hair and then apply the red. If you're just dying your brown hair, it will be redder, but not truly red, especially if you're trying to avoid the purplish tint that so often accompanies the darker reds.

    As for Jamie himself, I always pictured Tahmoh Penikett with red hair, but he's too old for young Jamie now. I think that's part of the problem - fans of the series tend to forget that they're having to cast someone who can reasonably pass as a 24-year-old, and a lot of the armchair casting is for established older actors.

  • alannaofdoom

    I always pictured Tahmoh Penikett with red hair

    Well now I am picturing that, too. Thank you kindly!

  • I live to serve. ;)

  • fluff_fluff

    OH HELLO, Edmure Tully playing [spoiler alert] one of MANY rapists.

  • Miss Kate

    I have to admit, I am one of those rabid fans, despite the ridiculousness of some of the action in the books. I wasn't happy when I heard they were doing a miniseries. (Starz was also responsible for Spartacus, remember) THAT said, I will be watching, regardless of how I feel about the casting. I will hate myself the entire time.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Wow, I thought Starz was a major selling point for this show, they've done some really interesting things with lesser stories.

  • narfna

    Yes. I agree. They also don't seem bothered with imposing very many creative restrictions on their showrunners, so Moore's probably going to get pretty close to having free reign over this show. (The only note I've heard Starz showrunners say the network has given them is 'more nudity,' 'more boobs,' etc. Which, as long as it doesn't get in the way of storytelling, I am perfectly fine with.)

  • narfna

    What's wrong with Spartacus? I LOVED that show. It was a bit porny and very violent, but it had great characters, off the wall plotting, and wonderful dialogue.

  • Miss Kate

    Oh, I watched the hell out of Spartacus! SUPER duper porny (they killed me in the first episode when S and his wife are freezing to death after the battle but YET are able to writhe around in the snow). Also: HELMET CAM. F-ing Ridiculous. Don't get me wrong - I loved Spartacus, and was bummed when we didn't get STARZ anymore. But I don't want them to to the same thing with Outlander. The books are too close to my heart (again, obsession). Perhaps I should just relax and trust Ron Moore though.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Why do you have to hate yourself?

  • Miss Kate

    It's hard for me to describe. I love the books, I hate how obsessed I get. Like, REALLY obsessed. Trust me, it's a problem.

  • Mrs. Julien

    As long as you aren't hating yourself for loving escapist literature.

  • Miss Kate

    Not at all!

  • Mrs. Julien

    Miss Kate, are you with us on Je Suis Pajiba over on Facebook? I'm not good at cross-referencing the names.

    Anyone here who wants to come join us is welcome.

  • Professor Sara

    How spoilery do things get over there? I'd love to join, but I'm not through all the books yet.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Despite all evidence on this thread, we're quite good about it and give warnings and such. I remember when you saying you had started reading. How far are you?

  • Professor Sara

    I'd just started The Fiery Cross when life got in the way, and I haven't picked it back up yet. All of this is incentive for me to rectify that soon.

  • Miss Kate

    Thanks, I'll join you there! MUST.FEED.OBSESSION.

  • Professor Sara

    Needs! Redder! Hair!

  • Huh. He looks. Um. Frowny? He needs more oomph. But I'll wait and see other pics.

    God I'm so eloquent today I want to words myself.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I would have gone with squinty. He should look like a red haired Gabriel Aubry according to the books.

  • Malin

    He's definitely a bit squinty in that picture, and I always pictured Jamie as more rugged than quite so pretty, but I'm not going to complain. I like what I've seen of the casting so far.

  • I admit it's always been Gerard Butler in my head, so I have to try extra hard to get rid of that.

  • Mrs. Julien

    That applies to everything involving Gerard Butler, really.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I agree (not surprisingly). Claire looks good.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Also, Joanna, he's supposed to rip your bodice for you.

  • KayZee

    Confession: I read most of the books in the series, but they got SO ridiculous I had to stop because no one, not even a time travelling WWII nurse, could have that much drama in her life. I did really love the first book, though. But that guy's not ringing my bell for Jamie Fraser. I can't even imagine how the author, who I think might be a bit of a control freak re: Stephenie Meyer, is feeling about all this.

  • troublesometots

    Eh.....nope.

    I have a great love for Jamie Frasier but this guy doesn't even look like a distant and unlikeable cousin.

    It looks like he's sporting a porn-stash. Also his hair looks pretty brown for what is arguably the most famous red-haired romance hero of all times. And he looks angry. Wasn't young pre-rape Jamie a pretty jocular fellow?

    Oh I'll be signing up for Stars regardless. But this picture is not going to be printed out and taped to my 3-ring unicorn binder, that's for sure.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I wonder how much of a difference it would make if he was smiling.

  • troublesometots

    Yes. And also if his haircut was a tad less women's softball coach.

  • Mrs. Julien

    It's a lot of pressure for one measly photo. I'd feel sorry for the guy, but from what I can see, he has been fully embracing the potential fame explosion.

  • That's what made me stop, or just skip laaaarge portions of the latter books. Why does EVERYTHING have to happen to these people? Rape, attempted rape (like fifteen hundred times EACH), bears, Indians, pirates, Scots, the Irish, the British, the Americans, witches, wizards, burning, hanging, poisoning, mauling, arrows, axes, picks, carts, Ewoks, Mandarins, orangutans, breakfast cereals...

  • mswas

    Don't forget the buffalo.

  • Mrs. Julien

    You really love that buffalo, don't you?

    You're all "buffalo, library, buffalo, library".

  • mswas

    You know me so well.

  • fluff_fluff

    By like no. 4, it's just straight misery porn. SIGH, my 14-year-old self.

  • emmalita

    I would have kept reading if I had known there were adventures with BREAKFAST CEREALS! Or did you mean that one thing with the oats?

  • Mrs. Julien

    Sounds like Voyager.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I read all seven of them in 5 weeks last summer and they do get Perils of Pauline. On re-reading (oh, yes) now I keep thinking, "well, that's gotta go" and "there is not way anyone can pull off saying that" and "they're going to need to bump up the politics".

    The author claims to be pleased with the casting choice and if not, she can cry all the way to the bank.

  • Mrs. Julien

    We are squeeing all over Je Suis Pajiba on Facebook!

    He's not my Jamie, but he'll do. I'm waiting to see the show. I will be getting Starz just so I can watch it.

    The author's FB page will be very entertaining today. The fans there are rabid and extremely particular. You'd think they've never seen a TV or movie adaptation before. Seriously, someone will complain that his ears are all wrong or some such nonsense.

    the Scottish nobleman who throws gum in the works of the life of time-traveler (YES, I KNOW)

    Because dragons make so much sense.

  • beckells

    his ears ARE wrong!

    ...but if it gets Outlander on screen, worth it.

  • John G.

    I don't even own a bodice

  • JoannaRobinson

    What? You rent? How gauche.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I have not read these novels, but my fiancee is one of those rabid fans. She was decidedly unimpressed with the casting but did give them points for choosing an actual Scot.

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