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Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series convened in Los Angeles today for a fan event promoting the upcoming Starz adaptation of the popular historical fiction series. During the panel, series developer Ronald D. Moore presented the above trailer, which offers nearly a minute of exciting footage from the series.
When Moore last updated on the status of the series’ production back in December, he said they had four episodes completed, so it’s no surprise that much of the above trailer emphasizes the start of this story. Gabaldon’s novel centers on Claire Randall, a World War II combat nurse who’s on vacation in Scotland with her husband when she visits a rock formation and finds herself tossed back through time to the 1700’s. The above trailer shows Claire (Caitriona Balfe) spying a strange ceremony at Craigh Na Dun and also the point at which she touches the boulder. We also see some snippets of World War II and Claire with her husband Frank.
The 18th century serves as the backdrop for the bulk of the story, however, as the first book focuses on Claire's attempts to survive as she tries to acclimate herself to her new time period. She’s eventually forced to marry the young, gallant warrior Jamie Fraser, played by Sam Heughan. We get a few good looks at him in this video, including one where he appears to be striking a British soldier, who may very well be Tobias Menzies’ Captain Randall.
The recently released photo gave us a look at another brutal moment between Jamie and Captain Randall:
Back to the trailer, it’s a great little tease of what’s to come, whenever it comes. I was hoping the premiere date might be announced at the fan event, but it looks like Starz is still sitting on that decision for now. In the meantime, Deadline reports that Starz CEO Chris Albrecht says he’d be surprised if they didn’t adapt the second book. Ronald D. Moore has already been quoted as saying that the 16-episode first season will cover the full first book, and that the long-term plan would be one book per season. So it’s good to hear Starz sounding optimistic that Book 2 will happen. Given fan enthusiasm for the series, the show already has a pre-built audience. From there, it’ll hopefully attract even more viewers, and fans like myself who just started reading the series.
We didn't see much in terms of the romance in the trailer, but there was a subtle hint here...
Finally, Ron Moore announced at the fan event that Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary will be doing the score for the series.