The Kids Are All Right: More Outlander Season 3 Casting News!



Written by: Teddie Potter




There’s something evil about Droughtlander. The more we get, the much, much more we terribly crave. Even as winter in the Northern hemisphere draws closer, there is no settling down for a long winter’s nap in the Outlander world, because, well; Outlander. It’s a pathology, for sure; maybe a syndrome, or perhaps just a happy affliction of sorts. Any way you look at it, I am under its power and happy to be there.



"I hear ye, lass... have a wee bit more?"


Each new nugget of intelligence sent rolling down the Interwebs creates excitement, new speculation, and also serves to remind us how near, and yet how very far away, the premiere of Season 3 truly is. Wait. I said "PREMIERE"! That very word strikes terror in my shriveled up NYC heart. I don't rightly know if I can survive another. Let me refresh your memory. I digress.

But what's the latest flowing from the news pipeline?

Last week, we learned that 26-year old French actor Cesar Domboy was cast as an all-grown-up version of the beloved Fergus, bringing a Parisian swagger and dark good looks to the adult version of the clever and mischievous lad born in a brothel and informally adopted by Jamie Fraser in Season 2. Readers may find Domboy a near perfect vision of Diana Gabaldon’s description of Fergus. Well, he’s pretty danged close to my idea of Fergus Claudel Fraser in the flesh!


Ooh la la! 


We were all still celebrating this latest casting home run when Starz came forward this week with its official (I mean, it felt pretty official already in my book) casting confirmation for Domboy as Fergus, while also announcing the casting of UK-born actress and relative-newcomer Lauren Lyle as Marsali, another new character to join the recently cast actors playing Young Ian, Joe Abernathy and Lord John Grey. For a refresh on those announcements, check out our coverage here and here.

Non-book readers, remain patient. There is a cast of what seems like thousands in these novels, and nearly each of them serves a purpose in the ever-evolving world of Outlander. The good part is that you can probably pronounce their names, unlike those in a Dostoevsky novel.

The lovely Lauren plays Marsali, the daughter of the thing-that-won't-go-away, AKA Laoghaire (pretty much known as LegWhore or Leghair in the fandom, depending on who you are talking to). One of the credits to Lyle's name is an ensemble role in The Crucible, opposite the formidable Richard Armitage. How fitting, considering the source material's reliance on the historical record of jealous girls crying, "witch". Sound familiar? Sounds like Mommy Dearest. And speaking of which, is there an actors' chromosome pool out there reserved just for film adaptations of books? Because, look:





Poor Nell Hudson and her damned fictional character, Laoghaire, are forever relegated to The Dark Side, likely with Tobias Menzies as a cell mate – a vision shared by many, but not by moi. These characters make the Outlander story what it is and can't be erased, and therefore deserve their glorious minutes of screen time, regardless of how long and loudly we may piteously howl.

Anyhoo, let's test your knowledge on this latest character announcement to help you ready for Season 3!

First up, a little Q&A for our non-bookie Obsessenachs:

Q: What kind of name is Marsali?
A: A Scot's name for a lassie.

Q: How do you pronounce it?
A: Let's go to exhibit A for this one.



Exhibit A


Q: When did Leghair get married?
A: Wait and see.

Q: Who is Marsali's father?
A: You will find out.

Q: Should I care about Marsali?
A: Eventually.

As it turns out, there's not much we can reveal to non-book readers that won't give away a major plot point in Season 3, so you'll just have to stay patient!



***POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD... If you can read between the lines. But a warning, nonetheless!***



Now a Q&A for our book-reading Obsessenachs: 

Q: What kind of name is Marsali?
A: It's Scots, you numpty!


Q: How do you pronounce it?
A: Forget the evidence, I'll pronounce it anyway I choose.


Q: When did Leghair get married?
A: I don't give a crap. I just wish she would get lost.


Q: Who is Marsali's father?
A: It's not JAMMF, that's for sure.


Q: Should I care about Marsali?
A: Eventually.


As it also turns out, we book readers get our own special set of rules when it comes to determining our feelings about Leghair and any casting announcements or plot developments that hinge on her presence. Sue me.


What do you think about this latest round of casting? Did the casting team nail it yet again? And who do you think will be next? Sound off below and in our Outlander Cast Clan Gathering on Facebook!



20 comments

  1. Love it! Things falling into place (i.e. people) and the end of Droughtlander draws near!

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    1. Thanks, Anne -- not nearly near enough!

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  2. "Of course it is. Marsali. Mar-sa-lee. Just so."

    That's how it's pronounced. Sangria-induced slurring optional. ;-)

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    1. Thanks, Charlotte for this lovely snippet. Too bad, we don't know which syllable gets the most emphasis, lol. I'm listening to Voyager (again!), so I'll await Davina's interpretation of that line.

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  3. "Of course it is. Marsali. Mar-sa-lee. Just so."

    That's how it's pronounced. Sangria-induced slurring optional. ;-)

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  4. Voyager is most of us fans "favorite book" because it has so many surprises in it -and one adventure after another . Can't say much more because of "SPOILERS" but this book is worth the wait to see it on screen ! It will be breathtaking in so many ways. But do remember to keep the box of tissues handy !

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    1. Fay, it's my second-most favorite because so much happens! So many memorable moments and lines; I can't wait! I'd love to quote about ten of them right now, but, you know. Spoilers! Thanks for reading and commenting, Fay!

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  5. I'm sorry to say this...but I wish they chose Brianna better...I don't think Sophie is right, in the books which I read all 8 about 3 times it is all about Brianna being the picture of her father and Sophie looks nothing like him.

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    1. Hey, Katica, thank you for reading and commenting. It's so hard to have your mental image come to life. Even now when reading the books or listening to the audio books, "my" Jamie is what i see; not Sam, gorgeous as he is. On first look, Sophie wasn't the "larger than life" Bree that I had envisioned, but as that fabulous episode moved forward, she worked for me. Do you think she will grow on you as well? Cheers!

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  6. I think that it's the height thing more then anything else. Described as being six feet, it's hard to get past that, but I think the rest is good. Claire is supposed to have amber colored eyes and we let that slide, eh?

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    1. Hello, ladyelf. Yes; definitely the height, but I'm fine with the casting; I think it's excellent. My favorite casting choice has got to be Caitriona Balfe! I thing she is a wonderful Claire. Who is yours? I'd love to know--and thanks for reading and commenting!

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  7. Hi Teddy, Sam is my favorite cast, I think because he so wants to embody Jamie that he pulls movements and expressions from the books, how special is that? I was also overjoyed with Rik as Roger.
    I was thinking about who else will be important in S3 and not yet announced. Duncan Innis and Tom Christie should be at Ardsmuir. Who else?
    Great blog btw.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! Wondering if there will be Mr Willoughby? I think his identity issues are important to the overall theme of Voyager.

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  8. Hi Teddie what a great post & I couldn't agree more with you LH & BJR are so important to the story!The casting has been spot on with everyone for me,but SH for me in my minds eye is Jamie I couldn't imagine anyone else in that role,Sam is doing a sterling job!

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    1. Zsu great to hear from you again! After ten + years of reading these novels, my mental images of the characters remain intact. The joy of seeing the whole story enfolding on screen is an extra treat! Thanks for commenting!

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  9. Sam is a a living embodiment of Jamie for me. I feel incredibly lucky to have him! I think to myself -please do the storyjystice... We only have one shot at this! I've been very happy with the casting.
    I also love to hate her villains. DG know how to slip a littlr humanity in there, then - BAM!!! -she yanks the rug back out. Great bad guys!

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    1. Waverly, with DG I typically never see it coming! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  10. Sam is a a living embodiment of Jamie for me. I feel incredibly lucky to have him! I think to myself -please do the storyjystice... We only have one shot at this! I've been very happy with the casting.
    I also love to hate her villains. DG know how to slip a littlr humanity in there, then - BAM!!! -she yanks the rug back out. Great bad guys!

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  11. I believe that so far the casting has been superb! I know of all the characters, Sophie as Brianna was the most controversial, but remember this: they need a young woman who is the right age, who can act, who has chemistry with the rest if the cast (especially Rik!), and who is available. While all the book readers (including me!) we're disappointed Sophie wasn't taller, which comes into play in many encounters with men, the other factors are much more important. And so far the casting has been superb so I'll wait and see.

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    1. AOBDeb, I agree that Sophie works. Once she merged into "my" Bree, I didn't even notice the height issue. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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