Outlander is absolutely the smash hit of the season for Starz, so when will season 2 casting be announced?
Ever since it was announced that Outlander was greenlit for a second season, fans have been fantasy casting for season 2. No date has yet been set in stone for the start of the second season, but the creative team is currently in preparation with filming to begin sometime this spring in Scotland.
As executive producer Ron Moore has previously announced, season 2 will cover all of book number 2, Dragonfly in Amber, in Diana Gabladon’s currently 8-book and counting series.
Fans have been most anxious to know who will play two pivotal roles in season 2 and beyond. Those roles are the adult version of Roger Wakefield, and Brianna Randall. Less discussed, but just as important, is the role of Lord John Grey, that should also be announced in the near future.
In response to fan questions regarding the casting of Brianna and Roger this is what Maril Davis, co-executive producer, had to say:
— Maril Davis (@TallShipProds) February 5, 2015
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There hasn’t been any kind of leak as to who may be in the running for these coveted roles, but there are certainly fan favorites whose names are tossed about. For Brianna, both Karen Gillan, best known for Doctor Who and the now defunct Selfie, and Rose Leslie, of Downtown Abbey and Games of Thrones fame, are most often mentioned.
As far a Roger goes, a recent name that seems to have risen to the top of many lists is Joshua Sasse. Ever since Galavant hit screens, his name seems to be mentioned more and more. In addition, Richard Madden, who played Robb Stark on Games of Thrones, has been mentioned as a candidate.
One thing that should be noted, due to the way novel Dragonfly in Amber is written, the scenes that involve Brianna and Roger are all largely isolated from much of the action. Many scenes are also interiors that are not weather dependent. The showrunners may choose to film the other aspects of the series first, and then cast them mid-filming if they are not needed right away. This may be especially true if the series doesn’t return until 2016.
It’s not as though the production team is sitting on their hands. Costume designer Terry Dresbach has been busily working on season 2. She has had nothing but praise for Ron Moore (even if she is also his wife) and the fantastic, collaborative experience the production has been. She stated via her Twitter account, ” I have never had as much freedom on a show as I have on Outlander. It is wonderful…Actually the great thing about Ron is he listens to everyone, and then makes his own decision.”
As to how far along she is, here’s what Dresback recently had to say:
Even if no announcements are on the immediate horizon, it’s clear the team is hard at work. Hopefully, when the cast and creative team makes their next public appearance at Paley Festival on March 12, 2015, we might have some more answers.