Casting the Rest of the Characters
On Wednesday I picked up Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon, eager to hear the rest. I am currently studying the Revolutionary War and I am enthralled to read Outlander in America. With this in mind, I have decided to cast the remainder of the important characters. I am mainly focusing on the characters portrayed in the first novel of the series, except for Brianna Fraser, who is crucial in the story of Jamie and Claire—and simply because I think I know an actress who would play her well!
Liam Neeson (as seen in Rob Roy) would make an exceptional Dougal MacKenzie.
Tommy Flanagan (as seen in Braveheart) is currently in the A&E hit show Sons of Anarchy. His authentic Scottish accent and portrayal of a brooding and "hard-core" Scot would be ideal for the character of Murtagh.
Bernard Hill (as seen in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers), known for his roles of leadership in film, would make an exceptional leader in the role of Colum MacKenzie.
Sarah Bolger played a young Mary Tudor in the Showtime drama The Tudors. She knows how to play an naive, yet somewhat conniving character full of untoward conviction. Her look and her portrayal reminds me of the young Loughaire MacKenzie who tried desperately to get rid of Claire, just as Mary Tudor tried (and succeeded inadvertently) to get rid of Anne Boleyn.
Natalie Dormer, Sarah Bolger's co-star, played Anne Boleyn in The Tudors. She also played the innocent virgin, Victoria, in Casanova. She is good at getting her way and being conniving, deceitful, and witchy all at once. In my opinion she would play an excellent Geillis Duncan. She can be a little scary, just like Geillis.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, also on The Tudors as the infamous Henry VIII, can easily play the "bad boy", with his smoldering good looks and his command of the screen. He can easily play nice Frank Randall and evil Black Jack Randall.
Oliver Platt (as seen in Casanova) would make an excellent annoying Duke of Sandringham, with a high-pitched voice and a weasel-like attitude that is difficult to trust.
And lastly, I would cast Lily Cole as the 20-year-old Brianna Fraser. I have not seen her acting, but she looks the part with her long legs and tall-tale red hair, and will probably be more well-known after the premier of Dr. Parnassus in December of this year.
Donald Hall (1928-2018)
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