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Good news, Outlander fans! Ronald D. Moore's anticipated small screen adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series will make its official premiere during Comic-Con in San Diego. The premiere of Outlander will take place at a red carpet gala event next month, weeks ahead of its official Starz premiere. The event will include a panel session featuring Ron Moore, Diana Gabaldon and some of the cast -- including stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan!
Here's the official information Starz revealed about their plans for Outlander at -- or technically "during" -- Comic-Con in San Diego next month:
WHAT: The premiere of the highly anticipated STARZ Original series “Outlander” will be held at a red carpet gala event during San Diego Comic-Con 2014. Cast and creators including Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore, author Diana Gabaldon, Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Graham McTavish and Lotte Verbeek will be in attendance and do a panel session.
This puts the Starz-hosted event near the convention center, but not actually in it, hence the "during" part mentioned earlier. How can you attend this event? Fans can enter for a chance at reserved seating for themselves and a guest here.
Outlander stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a married World War II combat nurse who's on vacation in Scotland with her husband when she visits a strange rock formation and finds herself thrown back through time to 18th century Scotland. It's there that she's forced to marry the gallant young warrior, Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). Being out of her own time and already married to someone else are just two of the complications Claire has to deal with. Gabaldon's novel is full of adventure, romance and so much Scotland, all three of which we're hoping to find in plentiful supply in Moore's adaptation of the story. So far, all signs point to something great, but we'll have to wait and see how it looks, either at Comic-Con or when the series makes its official premiere on Starz on Saturday, August 9 at 9:00 pm ET/PT.
With Spartacus long finished, we were hoping that Starz would fill the void at Comic-Con by giving Outlander some kind of presence there. Not only does the historical and time-travel element of the book and TV series make Outlander a fun fit for the convention, which has branched out quite a bit from its focus on comics over the years, but if there's one thing SDCC has always been good for, it's serving as a welcoming backdrop to enthusiastic fans of a variety of TV, book and movie-related subjects. And Outlander has no shortage of enthusiastic fans!