The highly-anticipated TV adaptation of Diana Gabaldon‘s “Outlander” novel series at Starz has added a pair of Scottish-born actors to its cast.
On Wednesday (Sept. 4), the network announced that Graham McTavish (“24,” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”) and Gary Lewis (“Billy Elliot,” “Gangs of New York”) will take on the roles of Dougal and Colum MacKenzie, respectively.
McTavish and Lewis join fellow Scotsman Sam Heughan, who was recently cast as lead Jamie Fraser. Jamie, whose full name is James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser, is nephew to Dougal and Colum and when the series begins, he’s yet to swear allegiance to their clan, causing a heated tension amongst the hot-blooded Scots.
The series spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history and adventure to tell the epic story of Claire Randall (who has yet to be cast), a married combat nurse swept from 1945 back in time to 1743, where she’s forced to marry Jamie, leaving her torn between her husband in the future and her new life.
“Outlander,” from executive producer Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Galactica) will begin filming in Scotland this fall for a premiere in 2014.